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Chile Will Build the Biggest Telescope on Earth

Written by María Angélica MarínTranslated by Gabriela García Calderón On 23 June 2014 @ 6:00 am | No Comments

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In Fotones Valley at Cerro Armazones [1] in the Atacama desert [2], Chile, the construction for what will become the largest optical telescope in the world [3], with a diameter of 39 meters, are underway.

In 2010, the European Southern Observatory Board chose that location in the Chilean desert for the future E-ELT.2. It will be the most southern European telescope [4] (known by its acronym E-ELT [5]):

LIVE: Explosions at Cerro Armazones to set up the biggest telescope of the world.

Cerro Armazones houses an observatory with three telescopes, with diameters 1.5 meters, 84 centimeters and 41 centimeters [9], the results of a joint project between several Chilean and foreign institutions and the European Southern Observatory. Representative Fernando Comerón noted [10] that “with E-ELT we are building a telescope for the 22nd century”. According to estimations, the works will go on for 10 years and the telescope will be fully functional two years later.

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[1] Cerro Armazones: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Armazones

[2] Atacama desert: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atacama_Desert

[3] largest optical telescope in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Extremely_Large_Telescope

[4] most southern European telescope: http://www.fayerwayer.com/2014/06/mira-en-vivo-la-explosion-del-cerro-armazones-para-colocar-al-mayor-telescopio-del-mundo/

[5] E-ELT: http://alt1040.com/2014/06/telescopio-chile

[6] http://t.co/6vUYrwTfyW: http://t.co/6vUYrwTfyW

[7] pic.twitter.com/XwKZPSGtG8: http://t.co/XwKZPSGtG8

[8] June 19, 2014: https://twitter.com/fayerwayer/statuses/479675564312526849

[9] three telescopes, with diameters 1.5 meters, 84 centimeters and 41 centimeters: http://www.turismoastronomico.cl/observatorio-cerro-armazones.html

[10] noted: http://economia.terra.com.mx/comienza-en-chile-construccion-del-e-elt-el-telescopio-optico-mas-grande-del-mundo,e5e4a147885b6410VgnCLD200000b2bf46d0RCRD.html

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