Telescopes 101: New technology paves way for a clearer look into the future | The Canberra Times
Last time we covered some of the telescopes currently on the cutting edge of astronomy. Today, in our final article of this series, we will cover the exciting future of telescopes. The upcoming “largest telescope on Earth”, has the apt name “Extremely Large Telescope” (ELT). Developed by the European Southern Observatory, the operators of the “Very Large Telescope”, this behemoth is set to have a primary mirror over 40 metres in diameter. This is about four times larger than the current record holder, and 1.5 times larger than the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), also being built in Chile. First light for the telescope is planned in 2027, with an emphasis on looking at planets around other stars, supermassive black holes and the first galaxies in the universe. Perhaps one of the most-troubled future telescopes is that of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)….