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A new era of astronomy: Construction of the 39m Extremely Large Telescope dome & main structure officially starts

Posted: 30 May 2017

On Friday 26th May 2017, a major milestone in construction of the world’s largest visible and infrared telescope, the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), was reached.

BOOM! The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) project starts with a blast!

Posted: 07 Jul 2014

On Thursday 19th June 2014 at ~18:45 BST, an explosion high in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile marked the beginning of construction of what will be the largest optical & infrared telescope in the World. The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), will be sited at a high and dry peak on Cerro Armazones, some 20 km away from ESO's Paranal Observatory.

Prize-winning research leads to cool science

Posted: 02 Jul 2014

This blog post was contributed by Prof. Patrick Roche, reporting from Geneva:

Today (2nd July 2014) at the annual European Week of Astronomy and Space Science meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the 2014 MERAC prize for the best doctoral thesis in astronomical technologies was awarded to Dr Boon Kok Tan (see: http://eas.unige.ch/merac_prizes.jsp).