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Chilean Telescope to be World's Biggest

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UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), costing more than €1bn, will capture the universe's earliest moments

Britain has committed £88m towards the construction of the world's largest telescope. The huge observatory, to be built in the Chilean Andes, will allow astronomers to capture images of the universe's earliest moments.

The giant eye on the sky, known as the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), will cost more than €1bn (£900m) to build. Its main mirror, which will gather light from distant stars and galaxies, will be 39 metres in diameter, made of 798 segments. The observatory will gather 15 times more light than the largest telescopes today.

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Holy Cow! That's going to be utterly humongous, not to mention absolutely amazing.

"It is the breadth of science that this telescope will undertake that makes it so important," said Professor Isobel Hook of Oxford University. "We'll be able to explore further into space and in exquisite detail, helping us understand some of the strangest phenomena in our universe – even the possibilities for existence of life on planets elsewhere in the universe."

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holy crap that is a huuuuge telescope 39 meters!!! wow.

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