Space-based telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope and the in-development Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope are constantly in the spotlight.
But scientists are still building better Earth-based telescopes that will revolutionize our view of the cosmos.
It’s called the Extremely Large Telescope (yes, really), or ELT for short.
When it’s completed in 2027, the ELT will be the largest telescope of its kind with a 39-meter aperture (about 128 feet).
Here are 6 stunning views of what will be the world’s largest telescope:
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5. Here’s a panoramic view of the site atop Cerro Armazones. (An interactive version can be found here).
3. This animation shows what the observatory will look like once it is fully built.