The gigantic European Extremely Large Telescope compared with Giza Pyramids, the Statue of Liberty and the Colosseum in Rome.
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The huge European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), on the top of Cerro Armazones the Sierra Vicuña Mackenna in Chile, will be 100-meter high!
The E-ELT will tackle the biggest scientific challenges of our time, and aim for a number of notable firsts, including tracking down Earth-like planets around other stars in the “habitable zones” where life could exist — one of the Holy Grails of modern observational astronomy. It will also perform “stellar archaeology” in nearby galaxies, as well as make fundamental contributions to cosmology by measuring the properties of the first stars and galaxies and probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy. On top of this astronomers are also planning for the unexpected — new and unforeseeable questions will surely arise from the new discoveries made with the E-ELT.