European Extremely Large Telescope

European Extremely Large Telescope

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/L. CALCADA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Computer artwork of ESO's planned E-ELT at its location of Cerro Armazones, Chile (selected in 2010). At an altitude of 3060 metres, this mountain is 20 kilometres from ESO's Paranal Observatory. Scheduled to be built by 2014 and operational by 2018, the E-ELT will use adaptive optics and a segmented mirror to achieve a diameter of 42 metres, the largest of several planned ELTs. The primary mirror will consist of 1000 segments, with adaptive optics making thousands of adjustments every second. The secondary mirror will be 6 metres wide, with the dome some 90 metres high.Restrictions:

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