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Hawaii was chosen Tuesday as the site for the world's biggest telescope, a device so powerful that it will allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away and get a glimpse into the early years of the universe.
It will sort of give us the history of the universe
The telescope's mirror — stretching almost 100 feet in diameter, or nearly the length of a Boeing 737's wingspan
But it may not hold the world's largest title for long. A partnership of European countries plans to build the European Extremely Large Telescope, which would have an 138-foot mirror. The group is considering sites in Argentina, Chile, Morocco and Spain. It plans to decide on a location next year and be able to host its first observation in 2018.