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Caption: Animation of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). This telescope is planned to be built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on the Cerro Armazones mountain in Chile. The E-ELT will have a primary mirror with a diameter of 39.9 metres, made up of 798 hexagonal segments. This will make it the largest of the planned next generation of ground-based telescopes. It will operate in the visible light and near-infrared range of the spectrum, and will mostly be used to search for and study extrasolar planets, specifically Earth-like ones, and the regions around stars in which they form. It will also study black holes and early galaxies, and attempt to measure the expansion of the universe. The E-ELT recieved the green light in June 2012, and will take around ten years to build, at a cost of just over one billion Euros.

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