The construction of a historical telescope, which is dubbed as the world’s biggest and least creatively named, has received approval from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
The telescope, named as ‘European Extremely Large Telescope’, is expected to pen down a new history in the field of astronomy as it will be much bigger than ‘Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory’, which is presently under construction in Hawaii and would had been the world’s largest distant viewing equipment.
According to the reports, the new telescope will be built at the cost of USD 1.4 billion approx and is likely to be completed by 2024.
The scientists will develop the incredible telescope on a mountain top in Atacama Desert in Chile.
The scientists said that the 128 feet wide telescope will carry a light-collecting lens to view distant objects more clearly. It would be about four times larger than any existing telescope.
Scientists said ‘European Extremely Large Telescope’ will be about 30 feet wider than ‘Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory’, which is slated to be completed by 2018 in Hawaii. The outer lens of Thirty Meter Telescope will be 30 meters (98 feet) wide.
Currently, the largest telescopes in use are set up at the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. But these existing stargazers are about three times smaller than the giant counterparts that are currently under construction in Hawaii and Chile.
The project for construction of massive ‘European Extremely Large Telescope’ was first proposed in the year 2006 by the group of over a dozen nations in South America and Europe, which constitutes ESO. The funding for the project was approved in 2012.