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
July 27, 2016 Scientists are developing measures to protect the Earth from potentially dangerous celestial bodies. With the help of supercomputer SKIF Cyberia, the scientists simulated the nuclear explosion of an ... read more
July 27, 2016 Astronomers have uncovered a hidden stellar birthplace in a nearby spiral galaxy, using a telescope in Chile. The results show that the speed of star formation in the center of the galaxy - and other ... read more
July 26, 2016 Light from a distant galaxy can be strongly bent by the gravitational influence of a foreground galaxy. That effect is called strong gravitational lensing. Normally a single ... read more
July 25, 2016 Astronomers have discovered for the first time that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy's ... read more
July 25, 2016 Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of life on Mars by investigating evidence of water in the planet's soil. Previous observations of soil observed along crater slopes ... 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