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Photos: World's Largest Telescope Being Built in Chile

European Extremely Large Telescope Design

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3-D rendering of the E-ELT telescope structure.

European Extremely Large Telescope Design

ESO/H. Zodet

This artist’s impression shows the future European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is currently being planned by ESO. The revolutionary new ground-based telescope will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope ever conceived.

European Extremely Large Telescope Design

ESO

The European Southern Observatory's European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and the Very Large Telescope (VLT) sizes compared with Giza Pyramids.

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