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    Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

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    Quote(The E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope) will have a primary mirror 42m in diameter - about five times the width of today's best telescopes.

    Astronomers say the next-generation observatory will be so powerful it will be able to image directly rocky planets beyond our Solar System.

    It should also be able to provide major insights into the nature of black holes, galaxy formation, the mysterious "dark matter" that pervades the Universe, and the even more mysterious "dark energy" which appears to be pushing the cosmos apart at an accelerating rate.)

    Additionally it might be able to spot Prof. Stephen Hawking aliens thus giving us earthlings advance warning?

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Aptly named piece of equipment.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Aptly named piece of equipment.
    Indeed. I never get any of that scientific jibba jabba.

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Aha another fan of 'Boston Legal' ?

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Aha another fan of 'Boston Legal' ?
    Love the Boston Legal, have every season on DVD. One of the best shows to ever grace the Television.

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
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    Quote(The E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope) will have a primary mirror 42m in diameter - about five times the width of today's best telescopes.

    Astronomers say the next-generation observatory will be so powerful it will be able to image directly rocky planets beyond our Solar System.

    It should also be able to provide major insights into the nature of black holes, galaxy formation, the mysterious "dark matter" that pervades the Universe, and the even more mysterious "dark energy" which appears to be pushing the cosmos apart at an accelerating rate.)

    Additionally it might be able to spot Prof. Stephen Hawking aliens thus giving us earthlings advance warning?
    Quite an expense, but not needed. Not when you can synchronize a bunch of smaller telescopes with each other, which would provide more resolution than even Europe's latest money trap.
    The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    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. 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.

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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. 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.
    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.

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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Quite an expense, but not needed. Not when you can synchronize a bunch of smaller telescopes with each other, which would provide more resolution than even Europe's latest money trap.
    Sounds more like jealously.
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    Re: Location chosen for European Extremely Large Telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Sounds more like jealously.
    Sounds like a waste of money to me


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