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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    Large telescopes on the surface of the planet suffer from the distorting effects of Earth’s atmosphere. Pockets of air in the atmosphere act like tiny lenses, causing aberrations and bending the light from celestial objects in random, unpredictable directions.
    that's why they build it in a desert

    The only way to prevent this is by placing a visible-light telescope above the atmosphere, these distortions are not encountered. Also, the atmosphere absorbs most other wavelengths of light. Placing a telescope in space is the only way to view celestial objects in those wavelengths. This telescope is wasteful, uneeded, and potentially idiotic.
    I don't think it's possible to launch a 42-meter wide object in space

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Ah yes, but it does allow the EU to imagine it means something.
    Besides what is the point of over taxation if the Socialists cannot wastefully spend it.
    We pay our taxes to build scientific firsts abroad.

    You pay your taxes to wage unnecessary wars.

    To each his own

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by paris View Post
    We pay our taxes to build scientific firsts abroad.

    You pay your taxes to wage unnecessary wars.

    To each his own
    OOOOOHHHH Touche

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Sounds more like jealously.
    What jealousy? You guys want to waste money on one large telescope, when synchronizing an array of smaller telescopes can result in better images at a fraction of the price? Knock yourselves out. It only shows me that your leaders are retarded.
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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    What jealousy? You guys want to waste money on one large telescope, when synchronizing an array of smaller telescopes can result in better images at a fraction of the price? Knock yourselves out. It only shows me that your leaders are retarded.
    How's them Texas textbooks working for ya


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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by paris View Post
    How's them Texas textbooks working for ya

    Yea, you got me on that one, but I didn't support that mess. And yea, I know, I know, we gave the world George Bush too, and I thank you for not going medieval on me and bringing that one up. LOL.
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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    I don't think it's a waste of money if it leads to scientific discoveries and other observations never before seen.

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yea, you got me on that one, but I didn't support that mess. And yea, I know, I know, we gave the world George Bush too, and I thank you for not going medieval on me and bringing that one up. LOL.
    Sorry, your bait was too obvious I had to pass; but I agree though: Dubya has been one of the most retarded leaders in the Western world.

    Back to the E-ELT, from the BBC article:

    "Coming up with a workable design has been a challenge. It is impossible to make a monolithic mirror on such a scale and so the primary reflecting surface will be composed of 984 hexagonal segments, each 1.45m in size.

    The E-ELT will thus be able to gather 15 times more light than the largest optical telescopes operating today. It will also provide images 15 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope
    ."

    What was your point again???

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