New Largest Optical Telescope Could Find Extraterrestrial Life

April 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)—British scientists announced this week of a new astronomy project funded by the European Southern Observatory, to build the world’s largest optical telescope, called the European Extremely Large Telescope or E-ELT, which will be capable of spotting an earth-like planet tens of light years away that could sustain life. The high resolution E-ELT will be able to scan the solar system offering up minute details of a planet’s surface and vegetation, up to 100 million million miles away.

The new telescope will feature 906 hexagonal mirrors, each four and a half feet across, controlled by a powerful computer. Lasers positioned at the giant mirrors will shoot  55 miles through the atmosphere to create an artificial star, to measure the level of blurring. Using this method, astronomers should be able to see the clearest images of the solar system, four times greater than seen by other telescopes.

Professor Andrew Cameron of the University of St Andrews, believes there are at least 344 known planets in a region known as the habitable zone, which the E-ELT could detect by searching for minute changes in light from stars as the planets orbit around them. If any of those planets have signs of life, such as water vapor, or vegetation, the high powered telescope will spot it.

Scientists say the E-ELT will be so powerful it should be able to make out the lunar rover, space vehicle that was left on the moon during the Apollo space missions.

Scientists say once completed, the telescope could be located at either La Palma in the Canary Islands or Chile. The E-ELT is set to begin construction in 2010 and is projected to cost 1 billion euro before it is completed in 2018.

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2 Responses to “New Largest Optical Telescope Could Find Extraterrestrial Life”

  1. Ilya Stavinsky on April 7th, 2009 8:02 am

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  2. Camelback McGee on April 7th, 2009 11:23 am

    What i dont understand is, how can these companies be spending millions of dollars to try and search for extraterrestrial life on other planets without even considering the fact that governments have VERY LIKELY known about ETs visiting on our planet already, and covered it up. It just seems wasteful and pointless. Why can’t we be studying ET biology and technology, in terms of the public, with the information we already have instead of searching aimlessly amongst the stars?? Because that information was not disclosed to us. Wake up people, we should not just be mindless zombies about this while others in their seats of power already know the truth. And dont spend time, money, and resources looking for something that is already here. Any feedback is welcomed.

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