Astro Blog articles for telescopes

HARMONI+Adaptive Optics: a trailblazing combination!

Posted: 20 Dec 2018

HARMONI, the first-light spectrograph for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has passed a major milestone today in successfully completing the Preliminary Design Review process (PDR).

A major milestone in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project - inauguration of the first prototype dish

Posted: 14 Feb 2018

This blog post was contributed by Prof Angela Taylor reporting from China.

On Tuesday 6th February Dr Jamie Leech and I attended the inauguration of the first fully assembled SKA dish in Shijiazhuang, China. This is a major milestone for the SKA project. The 15-m diameter dish is one of two prototypes which will be tested ahead of production of an early array. In the first phase of the SKA project, 133 dishes will be deployed in the Karoo Desert, South Africa and will be equipped with receivers operating in the frequency range 350 MHz to 15.3 GHz.

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.