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European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) size comparison

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Published on Jun 7, 2016

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), with a main mirror 39 metres in diameter, will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world: truly the world’s biggest eye on the sky. It will be constructed in northern Chile, on a site that has already been prepared.

The E-ELT compared to the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain 0:06

The E-ELT compared to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 0:11

The E-ELT compared to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany 0:16

The E-ELT compared to the Round Tower in Copenhagen, Denmark 0:21

The E-ELT compared to the Ještěd Tower in the Czech Republic 0:26

The E-ELT compared to Turku Cathedral, Finland 0:31

The E-ELT compared to the Colosseum in Rome, Italy 0:36

The E-ELT compared to the Nemo Building in Amsterdam, the Netherlands 0:41

The E-ELT compared to Big Ben in London, United Kingdom 0:46

The E-ELT compared to the Atomium, Brussels, Belgium 0:51


The E-ELT compared to St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków, Poland 0:56

The E-ELT compared to Bern Cathedral, Switzerland 1:01

The E-ELT compared to the Lilla Bommen building, Gothenburg, Sweden 1:06

The E-ELT compared to St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria 1:11

The E-ELT compared to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Lisbon, Portugal 1:16

The E-ELT compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France 1:21

The E-ELT compared to the VLT 1:26


Credit: ESO

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