Giant Blast Marks Milestone for Future Monster Telescope

June 19, 2014 3:58 PM

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Today, astronomers’ dreams of the largest telescope in the world come one step closer and they start with a bang, at the groundbreaking event for the European Extremely Large Telescope.

The top of the 9,842 foot (3,000 meter) high Cerro Armazones mountain, atop the Chilean Andes, will be blasted off June 19, at 12:30 p.m. EDT (16:30 UT) to create the level foundation for what is expected to be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world. About 130 feet (40 meters) of the...

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