E-ELT possible site — Cerro Tolonchar / Chile

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) programme office has studied half a dozen potential sites for the future E-ELT observatory, which, with its 40-metre-class diameter, will be the worlds biggest eye on the sky. Various aspects need to be considered in the site selection process. Parameters taken into account are not restricted to sky quality, but include more general scientific aspects, as well as parameters essential for construction and operations (e.g. accessibility, water and power supply, political stability etc.).

The above picture shows the imposing, isolated peak of Cerro Tolonchar, a site located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. It is on the E-ELT Site Selection Advisory Committee's final short list for the recommended site.

Credit:

ESO/M. Tarenghi

About the Image

Id:cerro_tolonchar
Type:Photographic
Release date:12 March 2010, 14:24
Size:4288 x 2848 px

About the Object

Name:Cerro Tolonchar
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface : Mountain
• X - E-ELT

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