PUBLIC LECTURE: The Stars are Getting Closer: the European Extremely Large Telescope
|The Stars are Getting Closer: the European Extremely Large Telescope
A public lecture by Dr Joe Liske, staff astronomer, European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany.
403 years after Galileo Galilei first pointed a telescope at the night sky European astronomers are set to build the largest optical telescope ever in the Chilean Atacama desert: with a diameter of 40 meters the European Extremely Large Telescope is one of the most ambitious science projects on (and off) the planet - our biggest "eye on the sky".
This unique science machine will literally broaden our horizons by leaps and bounds, and astronomers will use it to probe into the mysteries of the Universe more deeply than ever before. Does life exist beyond planet Earth? What did the first galaxies look like? And what exactly is this mysterious 'Dark Energy' that's been in the news so much lately?
In this talk Dr Joe Liske will provide a preview of the European Extremely Large Telescope, its capabilities and the fascinating questions it will address.
This lecture is co-sponsored with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA.
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