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The European Extremely Large Telescope

Guest Speaker

Thursday, 19th April 2018 (19:45 - 22:00)

Venue: Meeting Room, Swinton Bottom Club (Formerly Swinton WMC)

Professor Vik Dhillon, University of Sheffield (and member of

the UK E-ELT Steering Committee)

With a primary mirror of diameter 39m, the European
Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be the world's largest
telescope operating in the visible to infrared wavelength range. The
E-ELT will collect 13 times more light than the largest telescopes
today and the telescope's adaptive optics will deliver images 16 times
sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope. The sensitivity and spatial
resolution provided by the E-ELT will revolutionise our understanding
of the Universe, addressing numerous scientific questions from the
nature of extra-solar planets to detecting objects in the early
Universe. The E-ELT is already under construction, with first light
planned in 2024. The UK is playing a major role in the construction of
the E-ELT by providing instrumentation for the telescope. In this
talk, I shall describe the design of the telescope and some of the
science that will be performed with it.

Speaker: Prof. Vik Dhillon

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