The European Southern Observatory is the main founder of the European Extremely Large Telescope. This is supposed to be the most complex observation tool on Earth. By the time the construction ends, it will be around five times larger than the present observing instruments. On top of that, the main goal for which the scientific world wants to create this super telescope is to discover alien life.
The World’s First Super Telescope Might Be Able to Detect Alien Life
On Friday, ESO oversaw the first efforts for constructing the first super telescope in the world. This tool is going to measure 43 yards across. When it comes to observing instruments, the size makes a huge difference. The equipment will be massive enough to support some groundbreaking discoveries for the entire humanity.
The selected location to sustain the activity of the super telescope is on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the Atacama desert. However, it will take seven years for this type of gear to become operative. Nonetheless, the super telescope might eliminate the need for multi-billion dollar space missions in search for alien life.
Some of its main capabilities will be the ability to detect planets that orbit stars and finding space bodies of small dimensions. Moreover, it will be capable of reading atmosphere indices. In the end, the observing equipment might deliver enough data to enable scientists to figure out if a planet can sustain life or not.
The Dry Climate of the Atacama Desert Is Ideal for Astronomical Projects
The Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, was glad to support such an innovative project in her country. She held a speech to begin the construction activity at the site. Her words supported this initiative as the pinnacle of endless scientific possibilities.
“What is being raised here is more than a telescope.”
The main reason for which the desert of Atacama was designated to embrace the world’s super telescope is precisely due to its dry atmosphere. Such climate conditions are ideal for observing tasks. Scientists are considering this region for other projects as well. By 2020, it is estimated that 70% of the world’s astronomical network will find its home in the Atacama desert.
The European Southern Observatory is the brain behind the super telescope. There is no official announcement regarding the funds injected in construction. However, previous ESO claims mentioned a price of almost $1.12 billion for this project.
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