posted at 02:51
Author: Stan Schroeder
Europe greenlights construction of Extremely Large Telescope
The European Southern Observatory's Extremely Large Telescope has been given the green light for construction, two years after the project was approved in 2012. The European Southern Observatory, or ESO, is an astronomy organization backed by 15 countries, including Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The group's governing body voted in favor of a plan to construct the European Extremely Large Telescope. The aptly named telescope's dome will have a height of 74 meters and a diameter of 86 meters, making it by far the largest of all existing telescopes. 083 billion project has been approved, but as a two-phase plan, due to some delayed funding. Basically, it all depends on when Brazil becomes a full member of the ESO and brings the much-needed funding. The ESO intends on having a fully operational telescope by 2024 and will continue on that path until 2017. If, by that time, no additional funding is secured, the ESO will push some of its plans into a second phase, and the finalization date for the E-ELT will be postponed to 2026.

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