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Exoplanet Prospects at Earth-based Observatories

9 Jan 2018, 17:42 UTC
Exoplanet Prospects at Earth-based Observatories ESO/L. Calçada
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Although I often write about upcoming space missions that will advance exoplanet research, we’re also seeing a good deal of progress in Earth-based installations. In the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the Extremely Large Telescope is under construction, with first light planned for 2024. With 256 times the light gathering area of the Hubble instrument, the ELT is clearly going to be a factor in not just exoplanet work but our studies of numerous other astronomical phenomena, from the earliest galaxies in the cosmos to the question of dark energy.

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