Massive new telescopes will change our view of the universe


Hawaii's 30-metre telescope will be able to view forming galaxies at the very edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time. [Image: 30-metre telescope][/caption]

The 30-metre telescope planned for Hawaii is three times the size of today's most powerful, but it is just one of five massive new instruments on the way.

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is even bigger at 39 metres in diameter, letting in more light than any other telescope on Earth. It will focus on exoplanets and the search for dark energy.

Sarah Zhang over at Gizmodo has a good rundown of all the projects which she describes as "the biggest building boom in the history of astronomy".

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