The European Extremely Large Telescope

The alien hunter telescope or otherwise creatively named The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is a new optical telescope which will be the biggest telescope in the world. The telescopic mirror alone will be 137 feet wide (half the size of a football field) and the entire telescope structure will weigh 2700 tons. The E-ELT will be able to gather 13 times more light than any other existing telescopes today and will be able to provide images 16 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope.

The E-ELT will begin construction in early 2012 and is targeted to start operations by 2018. It’s a long ways away for the completed build, but this new revolutionary telescope is supposed to be able to see into the deepest parts of the universe we have never seen before and provide clear images on planets we haven’t even begun to study yet.

The E-ELT will be located in the Atacama Desert in Chile which is known for it’s clear skies. You might also recognize it for having beautiful time lapse videos from the Very Large Telescope (VLT).

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