European organization of astronomers builds largest telescope so far




ESO, the European organization of astronomers led by the Dutchman Tim de Zeeuw, begins with the construction of the largest telescope ever. The telescope is on a mountain in a desert in Chile. De Zeeuw is attached to the observatory of the University of Leiden.

The segmented primary mirror of the telescope gets a diameter of about forty meters, which would be the largest optical telescope in the world. The project is already in the planning since its approval in 2012, but the European Southern Observatory ESO could start only after ninety percent of the money needed was gathered. That happened when Poland joined the ESO.

The European Extremely Large Telescope is a two-mile high mountain in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The telescope has to work in 2024. With this telescope, astronomers should be able to see more details in the universe and so gain more knowledge about include dark matter. The project will cost around one billion euros.

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