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Big Southern Eye in Search of Extraterrestrial Life

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posted on May, 10 2010 @ 09:30 PM

SANTIAGO, May 9, 2010 (Tierramérica) - The construction of the world's largest telescope in the northern region of Antofagasta could make Chile an international leader in astronomy research and provide a launch pad for developing other scientific disciplines


Computer model of the E-ELT telescope.
Credit:Courtesy of the European Southern Observatory

Cerro Amazons, a mountain rising 3,060 metres above sea level in the middle of the Atacama Desert, was chosen for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) for its newest efforts to find planets outside the Solar System that may sustain life.

The Ego's new 1.5-billion-dollar jewel, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), is able to detect atmospheres. The optical-infrared telescope will have a primary mirror 42 metres in diameter.

One more eye to the stars and their potential planets seemingly. One more step closer to discovery. Pretty nifty little get-up they have there.

posted on May, 10 2010 @ 09:33 PM
It's an awesome scope. cant wait to see the results.

Not sure if you noticed, but this has been posted already here -


posted on May, 10 2010 @ 09:47 PM
reply to post by grantbeed

bahhh foiled again by the search gremlins..thanks for pointing it out

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posted on May, 10 2010 @ 09:50 PM
As requested... closed.

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