Biggest Telescope on Earth- Now in Construction
On the top of Cerro Armazones in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the world’s largest telescope will be constructed to magnify human’s view of the vast outer space. This is the European Extremely large telescope of E-ELT.
The go signal to start this construction project was given in Dec 4, 2014 and this $1.34 billion dollar project is currently in construction up to now. This project was authored by the multinational organization; European Southern Observatory and is estimated to start its operation by 2024. This will made with 39 meters aperture to allow the clearest vision of the sky.
Cerro Armazones is also the perfect spot for the construction of the telescope. Apart from the fact that this mountain stands to as high as 3,000 meters above the ground, this is considered to be the driest part of the Earth as well, hence making it the best spot to create the earth’s “giant eye”.
“With E-ELT, we can enjoy more advancement in Astronomy”, Dr. Jay M. Pasachoff stated. He is the William College professor of Astronomy. He also wrote the book; “Astronomy in the New Millennium”.
This giant telescope will have 15 times more light compared to the Earth’s present biggest telescope. This means it can have 15 times sharper images than Hubble Space telescope.
“This telescope offers 10 times speed when studying images from distant galaxies. This is because of its big diameter and advanced adaptive optics. Hence, we can now study exoplanet’s exospheres, molecular imbalances, violent explosions and black holes more vividly. Even the smallest details disk of gas as well as dust found in distant stars representing solar system formation can also be detected”, Dr. Pasachoff declared.
“Apart from the E-ELT, GMT (Giant Magellan Telescope) will as also be built on a Chilean Peak named Las Campanas. This will start its operation in 2021. And another Thirty Meter telescope or “TMT” will be operating in 2022 from Hawaii’s Mauna Kea.
With these big projects, Dr. Pasachoff just have one thing in mind that worries him a lot, the funding that will sustain such expensive constructions.
Furthermore, Dr. Pasachoff said; “These telescopes will help train the new generations of astronomers. However, regardless of their size, we need not be too complacent to put all our eggs in these 3 baskets (referring to the 3 gigantic telescopes in construction)”
After four centuries, the telescope has made a big leap in its features and functionalities. A lot of people are getting hooked on such marvelous breakthrough of technology. Such public consciousness is brought about by easy access of information about this equipment. You can now easily find Telescope guides that help even newbies understand its operation. Hence, it wouldn’t be a surprise if telescopes will get bigger and bigger over time.