It has been announced that the world’s largest telescope will be built in the desert of Chile, with the goal of giving us views of outer space the likes of which we’ve never seen. The $1.3-billion European Extremely Large Telescope will take eight years to construct, and it is way better than the telescope you have in your garage. Space.com reports:
The world’s largest optical telescope – to be called, appropriately, the European Extremely Large Telescope – will be built on a mountain in Chile, the observatory’s planners announced Monday.
The telescope’s newly chosen home is the Cerro Armazones mountain in the central part of Chile’s Atacama Desert. This location was picked for its optimal weather conditions – the skies are clear overhead about 320 nights a year, according to its European Southern Observatory (ESO) builders.
Construction on the European Extremely Large Telescope is expected to receive a final go-ahead at the end of 2010, and the observatory could begin operations in 2018.