IT IS Big, EXTREMELY Big

ESO announce on the 26th of April the site for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The chosen site will be Cerro Armazones is a mountain at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,060 meters) in the central part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, and about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

The E-ELT will be 42 meters (138 feet) in diameter, which make it the biggest telescope on earth. Final approval is expected by the end of 2010 and first-light 2018. If you have seen the any of the specials on telescopes Like the one on the 200 Palomar telescope a few months back or the 2 Nova specials celebrating 400 years of the telescope. You will realize the achievement that the sucessful complete of this telescope and mirror will be. The mirror will be made up of 984 smaller segments.

Artist Concept of the Exterior
Artist Concept Telescope
Cerro Armazones, altitude of 10,000 feet

Spotted this on Astronomy.com