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ELT: What Discoveries Will The World’s Largest Telescope Give Us?

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In Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Extremely Large Telescope, the world’s largest telescope, is being built. It will be equipped with an optical lens of more than 39 meters in diameter, occupying an area larger than a basketball court.

Thanks to this, it will have a sharpness and range superior to those currently held by the Hubble Space Telescope and even more incredible than what the new James Web Space Telescope will offer. Stay to find out.

One of the main objectives of the ELT telescope is the discovery of new extrasolar planets and the study of the atmospheres of these planets; it will also be responsible for studying the protoplanetary disks in other stars to understand better how solar systems arise, as well as studying dark energy and galaxy formation.

The telescope is currently under construction. Although the pandemic caused setbacks, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced that, if the work continues uninterrupted, the telescope will be completed in 2027.

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0:40 Extremely Large Telescope ( ELT)
2:07 Atmospheric Turbulence
3:35 Adaptive Optics
7:00 Active optics
9:34 Scope

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