The European Extremely Large Telescope will have a primary mirror some 40m in diameter, and will be built on top of a mount in Chile. Member states of the European Southern Observatory association affirmed their support for the task at a meeting in Garching, Germany. The financial support for the road and some design work on the E-ELT's numeral Four mirror was accepted at last December's committee meeting.
The E-ELT will notice substance in the noticeable and near-infrared. Its 39.3m main mirror will be extra than four times the breadth of todays best visual telescopes. Its sensitivity and resolution should make it probable to image directly rocky planets beyond our Solar System. According to Prof Isobel Hook is the UK E-ELT project scientist from the University of Oxford, Monday's decision was enormously thrilling.