The European Southern Observatory has given the green light to the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope). Construction will last 10 years, in the north of Chile. The E-ELT will be in 2024 the world’s largest optical telescope, almost 4 times larger than the largest at present: the Spanish Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC).
A leap forward for Astronomy
E-ELT will obtain the first direct images of exoplanets. We’ll be able to study their atmospheres and look for biomarkers (molecules that reveal the presence of life).
It will explore the deep universe (further and with more detail than the Hubble). New details will emerge about how stars, galaxies and planets are formed. It will help us to decipher the role of black holes and dark matter.