When ESO promised in 2010 to build the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope), the world’s largest telescop ever, on the Cerro Armazones mountain in Chile, everybody thought the construction would soon begin. Now we hear see stories that Chile is considering building their own telescope.
The country has the best conditions probably anywhere on earth to observe the universe due to its consistently clear night skies. It would have been the perfect spot for the telescope which has 6 m diameter and a 39-meter E-ELT mirror. It was planned as a complement to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope with regular operation planned for early next decade.
We can only applaud and ardently support this initiative – this is likely the kind of telescope which would first be lifted to orbit with a space elevator. As you know, telescopes in orbit can see much farther and clearer than the largest telescope in the clear Chilean sky.
Before this becomes a reality though, take a look at this beautiful concept video of the E-ELT operating.