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  • richardmitnick 5:52 pm on December 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: ESOcast 70 The E-ELT is Green Lighted 


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    The European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT for short, will be by far the largest optical and near-infrared telescope in the world. In early December 2014 the ESO Council gave the go-ahead for the first construction phase of the telescope.

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  • richardmitnick 8:16 am on December 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: “Green Light for E-ELT Construction” 


    European Southern Observatory

    4 December 2014
    Richard Hook
    ESO Public Information Officer
    Garching bei München, Germany

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    At a recent meeting ESO’s main governing body, the Council, gave the green light [1] for the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in two phases. Spending of around one billion euros has been authorised for the first phase, which will cover the construction costs of a fully working telescope with a suite of powerful instruments and first light targeted in ten years time. It will enable tremendous scientific discoveries in the fields of exoplanets, the stellar composition of nearby galaxies and the deep Universe. The largest ESO contract ever, for the telescope dome and main structure, will be placed within the next year.

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    The E-ELT will be a 39-metre aperture optical and infrared telescope sited on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert, 20 kilometres from ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal. It will be the world’s largest “eye on the sky”.

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    “The decision taken by Council means that the telescope can now be built, and that major industrial construction work for the E-ELT is now funded and can proceed according to plan. There is already a lot of progress in Chile on the summit of Armazones and the next few years will be very exciting,” said Tim de Zeeuw, ESO’s Director General.

    The construction of the E-ELT was approved by ESO’s Council in June 2012 under the condition that contracts with a value larger than 2 million euros could only be awarded once the total cost of the telescope (1083 million euros at 2012 prices) was funded to a 90% level. An exception was granted for the civil works at the site, which started with the groundbreaking ceremony in June 2014 and are making good progress.

    For the time being, 10% of the overall project costs have been shifted to a second phase. With the accession of Poland to ESO, the current funding commitments to the E-ELT have now reached more than 90% of the total cost of the first phase that will bring a fully working E-ELT. Additional commitments from upcoming Member State Brazil are expected in the coming years.

    To prevent the project from slipping, the ESO Council has decided that construction of the first phase of the 39-metre telescope can now proceed. This funded work includes the contract for the telescope’s dome and main structure — the largest in ESO’s history — which will be awarded in late 2015, and leads to the construction of a fully working E-ELT.

    Telescope components that are not yet funded include parts of the adaptive optics system, some of the instrument work, the innermost five rings of segments of the telescope’s main mirror (210 mirror segments) and a spare set of primary mirror segments needed for more efficient telescope operation in the future. The construction of these components, whose postponement does not reduce the extraordinary scientific achievements the telescope will already be able to accomplish at the end of phase one, will be approved as additional funding becomes available, including that expected from the upcoming Member State Brazil.

    For further information consult this FAQ and Messenger article that explains the details.

    “The funds that are now committed will allow the construction of a fully working E-ELT that will be the most powerful of all the extremely large telescope projects currently planned, with superior light collecting area and instrumentation. It will allow the initial characterisation of Earth-mass exoplanets, the study of the resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies as well as ultra-sensitive observations of the deep Universe,” concludes Tim de Zeeuw.
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    [1] The decision needed ten positive votes (out of fourteen). Eleven positive votes were obtained. Three votes are ad referendum votes, which means that they are to be considered as provisionally positive and are subject to confirmation by the authorities in these three Member States before the next Council meeting. Once they are confirmed, this would mean that the Council decision would be unanimous.

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  • richardmitnick 8:26 am on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESA Euronews: The E-ELT 

    Here is a neat video, about 8 minutes, from Euronews and ESA about ESO’s E-ELT

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  • richardmitnick 5:31 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: “Spain Confirms Participation in the E-ELT” 


    European Southern Observatory

    3 June 2014

    On 3 June 2014, during the 131st meeting of the ESO Council, the Spanish delegation informed the Council that the Spanish Council of Ministers had approved the participation of Spain in the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) supplementary programme. The Council very much welcomed the statement of the Spanish delegation and unanimously approved the participation of Spain in the E-ELT programme. The ESO Council and the ESO Executive are delighted that all ESO Member States are now in the E-ELT programme.

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  • richardmitnick 3:27 pm on October 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: “Chilean President Visits Paranal to Announce Transfer of Land for the E-ELT” 


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    At a ceremony held yesterday at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, handed over the recently signed legal documents by which the Chilean government will transfer the land around Cerro Armazones to ESO. Cerro Armazones, a 3060-metre peak 20 kilometres from the site of ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal, will be the future home of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

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    President Piñera was received at the Paranal Observatory by the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, the ESO Representative in Chile, Fernando Comerón and the Deputy Director of La Silla Paranal Observatory, Ueli Weilenmann. The President was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfredo Moreno, as well as representatives of the local Chilean authorities.

    The visit included a tour to the top of Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the most advanced optical telescope in the world.

    During a ceremony at the Paranal Residencia, President Piñera handed the recently signed public deed of transfer of the Cerro Armazones land over to the ESO Director General. The President stressed the importance of protecting the skies in the north of Chile. “We are taking a great step to consolidate Chile as the world’s capital of astronomy. The Extremely Large Telescope on Cerro Armazones will be the largest eye in the world, an eye that will peer from Chilean skies and will plunge into those secrets that the Universe has not yet revealed. Today is a very important day for modern astronomy, and a very important day for Chile, as well.

    The ESO Director General expressed his gratitude to the Government of Chile for this important milestone: “The cooperation between Chile and ESO that began 50 years ago has proved not only to be very fruitful and long-lasting, but also to provide exciting opportunities for the future — for the benefit of Chile, for the ESO Member States, and for the progress of science and technology. The E-ELT is clear proof of that.”

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  • richardmitnick 5:41 pm on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: “Denmark Confirms Participation in E-ELT” 

    12 April 2013
    Richard Hook
    European Southern Observatory
    Garching, Germany
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    “Representatives of Denmark have confirmed that their country will participate in the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) programme. Twelve ESO Member States have now joined the E-ELT programme.

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    Denmark joined the organisation in 1967, as the first new Member State three years after ESO’s foundation. The newly announced investment amounts to 8.5 million euros over the ten-year construction period.

    ‘This decision marks another important push forward for the E-ELT project,’ comments Tim de Zeeuw, ESO’s Director General, ‘Denmark is a long-standing member of ESO and with this decision it has taken an important step to keep Danish science and industry at the forefront of astronomy for future decades.’

    Denmark’s participation will be financed by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, as well as by the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and the Technical University of Denmark. The three universities have agreed to finance the E-ELT additional contributions.

    Denmark originally voted ad referendum for the E-ELT supplementary programme on 12 March 2013, meaning that this decision was subject to confirmation. The Danish Parliament has now approved the participation of Denmark in the E-ELT programme.

    Construction of the E-ELT is expected to start later in 2013, with first light to come early in the next decade.”

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  • richardmitnick 7:07 pm on March 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: “Extremely Large Telescope – A Home For The E-ELT” 

    This video is not new; but the E-ELT is worth a good look, and has just had some final approvals. I hope that you enjoy it.

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    Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope (APEX)

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  • richardmitnick 9:20 pm on February 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO: “The European Extremely Large Telescope” 


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    The E-ELT has already gained wide support in the European scientific community. This venture is the only optical astronomy project selected in the roadmap of ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. It also features very prominently in the ASTRONET European Infrastructure Roadmap for Astronomy.

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    ESO has built up considerable expertise in planning, constructing and operating large astronomical telescopes at remote sites. ESO’s Very Large Telescope is the world’s most advanced ground-based optical telescope and has enabled many scientific breakthroughs.

    This expertise forms the backbone of efforts to develop an Extremely Large Telescope for Europe’s astronomers. The basic reference design was completed by the end of 2006. The final design of this facility, a study costing 57 million Euros, is now underway, with the aim of having the E-ELT observatory starting operation around 2018. In addition to these design activities, more than 30 European scientific institutes and high-tech companies are studying the technological aspects of large telescopes within the Framework Programme 6 ELT Design Study, partially funded by the European Commission. The E-ELT is a high technology, highly prestigious science-driven project that incorporates many innovative developments, offering numerous possibilities for technology spin-off and transfer, together with lucrative technology contract opportunities and providing a dramatic showcase for European industry.

    The European leadership of this major flagship project will indisputably raise the European scientific, technological and industrial profile.”

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    ESO, European Southern Observatory, builds and operates a suite of the world’s most advanced ground-based astronomical telescopes.

    ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It is supported by 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and two survey telescopes. VISTA works in the infrared and is the world’s largest survey telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope is the largest telescope designed to exclusively survey the skies in visible light. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning the 39-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become ‘the world’s biggest eye on the sky’.


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  • richardmitnick 3:32 pm on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From ESO – Big News: “ESO E-ELT Programme Confirmed” 


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    Additional commitments bring giant telescope closer

    4 December 2012
    Lars Lindberg Christensen
    Richard Hook

    At the 126th meeting of ESO’s governing body, the Council, this week at the ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany, the start of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) programme received full approval, following the confirmation of three previously ad referendum votes (meaning that these votes were subject to confirmation by the authorities of those Member States), and one additional vote in favour, by the ESO Member State representatives.

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    To approve the start of the E-ELT programme, two-thirds of the Member States (at least ten) had to vote in favour of the resolution for the approval of the E-ELT and its first suite of powerful instruments. At the last meeting of the ESO Council, in June 2012, ten Member States (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Italy, and the United Kingdom) voted in favour. However, the latter four Member States voted ad referendum. Of these ad referendum votes, Belgium confirmed its vote in October 2012 (ann12074), and at the Council meeting this week Finland and Italy also confirmed their ad referendum votes. In addition, France has now also voted in favour. Confirmation of the United Kingdom’s ad referendum vote is pending.

    After today’s meeting there are ten confirmed votes, and the ESO E-ELT programme is now fully approved. The total funds committed for the E-ELT project stand at 615 million euros, or almost 60% of the total cost of the telescope. Construction of the E-ELT will commence once 90% of the funding is pledged. The majority of the remaining funding is expected when the Brazilian parliament has ratified its accession agreement.”

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