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Construction Begins On World's Largest Telescope In Chilean Desert

With the help of European Southern Observatory (ESO) construction started in Chile on the ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope), which when finished will be the world's biggest optical telescope. It’ll be some five times larger than the topmost observing instruments in use nowadays.

The size of the European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is possible to convert our knowledge and understanding of the universe, say its benefactors, with its central mirror that will be some 43 yards across.

Situated on a 3,000 meter high mountain in the mid of the Atacama Desert, it is expected to begin functioning in 2024. Among other abilities, it will enhance to and improve astronomers' increasing discoveries of planets revolving around other stars, with the talent to discover smaller planets, image bigger ones, and possibly describe their atmospheres, a major-step in understanding if life exists.

"What is being constructed here is more than just a telescope. Here we can see one of the highest and beautiful illustrations of the possibilities and promises of science," said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in a speech to inaugurate the foundation of construction at the site.

The dry atmosphere of the Atacama Desert delivers as near flawless observing circumstances as it is imaginable to find on Earth, with some 70% of the world's astronomical arrangement lined up to be located in the area by the 2020s.

The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is being sponsored by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), an institute consisting of European and southern hemisphere countries. Construction charges were not accessible but the ESO has said before that The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) would cost almost 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) at 2012 rates.



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