Watch: Mountaintop to be blasted for world’s largest telescope

EELTblast event
Image credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

CERRO ARMAZONES, Chile (WWLP) – On Thursday afternoon, the top of a mountain in northern Chile will be blown-off in order to level the ground for the world’s largest telescope.

The explosion is set to happen atop Cerro Armazones, a more than 10,000 foot-tall mountain which is set to be the location of the E-ELT; the European Extremely Large Telescope.

Among the tasks that the planned telescope is expected to be used to undertake: the search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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