VLT: A New Largest Optical Telescope
What is the largest telescope in the world? In the optical,
long held by the
and is presently held by the
Hawaii. But an even larger optical telescope is being built.
Very Large Telescope
(VLT), the European Southern Observatory
(ESO) is building four 8.2-meter mirrors in
which together will act as a single telescope with a mirror diameter of over
16-meters. The first of these
should be completed
in 1997, and all four should be completed
and working together sometime in the year 2000. The
to create sub-arcsecond
resolution. This, combined with the
enormous light-gathering power, will allow astronomers to explore dim
objects in our
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