The E-ELT, or European Extremely Large Telescope, is set to be the world's most powerful telescope ever. It's a project of the European Southern Observatory. It's not due to go into operation for about another decade, but the sense of anticipation is already growing.
We take a look at how "the worlds biggest eye on the sky" is coming along. One area that the E-ELT will be focusing on is the mystery of black holes. It will investigate for the first time the closer vicinity around the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy. We ask what scientists are hoping to discover and how fundamental their discoveries could be.
Deutsche Welle (July 21, 2013) Known as the E-ELT for short, the European Extremely Large Telescope will be located at the European Southern Observatory, the ESO. At the moment, parts of the spyglass are being assembled in ... watch video
AFP (Sep. 6, 2013) Its mission: to track distant galaxies, young stars and black holes with unprecedented accuracy. The Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, or MUSE, has just been completed in France, and it's now set to ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Mar. 25, 2015) Construction of the world's largest and most powerful observatory designed to detect and analyze gamma rays has been completed in Mexico. Gamma ray particles are considered the most energetic in the ... watch video
AFP (Aug. 27, 2015) A Nigerian and two South Africans are in a race to become the first black African in space after being shortlisted in a global talent search to send a "young icon of the future" into the ... watch video
Feb. 3, 2016 Astronomers have made the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a ... read more
Feb. 1, 2016 The origin of matter in the universe has puzzled physicists for generations. Today, we know that matter only accounts for 5 percent of our universe; another 25 percent is constituted of dark matter. ... read more
Jan. 29, 2016 Promising new calibration tools, called laser frequency combs, could allow astronomers to take a major step in discovering and characterizing earthlike planets around other ... read more
Jan. 28, 2016 New research is broadening perspectives on time and space. Scientists challenge the long-held presumption that time evolution -- the incessant unfolding of the universe over ... read more
June 20, 2014 The next major milestone towards ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) has been completed. Part of the 3000-meter peak of Cerro Armazones was blasted away as a step towards leveling the ... read more
Jan. 30, 2013 Astronomers report the exciting discovery of a new way to measure the mass of supermassive black holes in galaxies. By measuring the speed with which carbon monoxide molecules orbit around such ... read more
Nov. 28, 2012 Astronomers have discovered a black hole that could shake the foundations of current models of galaxy evolution. At 17 billion times the mass of the Sun, its mass is much greater than current models ... read more
June 11, 2012 The European Southern Observatory is to build the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world. At its meeting in Garching June 11, the ESO Council approved the European Extremely Large Telescope ... read more