NEW YORK: The Council which controlled the European southern Observatory allowed funding for building European Extremely Large Telescope with some extra scientific equipment.
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will very soon become the largest telescope in the world once its construction is all completed. The observatory will be constructed in Chile, far away from artificial lights, in one of the driest deserts on the planet.
Scientists associated with the project said when constructed completely, the new telescope will have a diameter of over 1,520 inches, which will be even more than 126 feet across. This iconic telescope will be eclipsing the 405- inch Gran Telescopio Canarias in the Canary Islands, said researchers.
Generally telescopes need to be larger in order to gather as much light as possible. Same as it is said that greater volumes of water can run through pipes with larger diameters, in the same way larger telescope gather more amount of light, allowing astronomers to see even much dimmer objects.
The E-ELT object is specially designed to see objects that are located at a very far distance from earth. These objects are very dim and cannot be easily seen, therefore, through this telescope scientists will be able to see objects too faint to be seen.
Tim de Zeeuw, Director General for the ESO, said, “The decision taken by Council means that the telescope can now be built, and that major industrial construction work for the E-ELT is now funded and can proceed according to plan”.
Scientists hope that using this telescope they will be able to reveal other earth-like exoplanets in alien solar systems. This will allow astronomers to even study the distant galaxies in great details. The E-ELT telescope is not the only massive instrument of its type currently under construction. But the Giant Magellan Telescope, a multi-mirror telescope, will be built in Chile, and the Thirty Meter Telescope is scheduled for construction in Hawaii.
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