The World's Largest Telescope Will Look for New Earths

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The Europeans weren't kidding when they named it the Extremely Large Telescope. It's, indeed, extremely large, obliterating previous records. The adaptive optics mirror on the ELT is 138 feet in diameter, compared to the 98 feet of comparable space eyes.

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Its extraordinary size will give it a unique look into planets from other solar systems, providing with actual images and atmospheric analysis of large planet and giving astronomers the power needed to detect planets similar to Earth.

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Ironically, the European Extremely Large Telescope will be located in the mountains of Chile, where the air is clean and clear, the birds are happy, and the water is wet. [Space.com]

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london-rhino
london-rhino

Then what? If it finds one what are we going to do.. throw a party at something we can't get to and doubt we'll be able to communicate with. I'm all for technology but sometimes scientist don't look beyond goals.

What if we find an earth like planet and there's creatures on there that are hostile......? Very hostile...we could have just alerted them to our presence.