The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which will be 42 meters in diameter, will definitively be sited on the Cerro Armazones, 130 kilometers south-east of Antofagasta, positioning Chile as a world leader in astronomy.
The exceptional skies of the north of Chile made it possible to achieve a new milestone for world astronomy: a mosaic of images of one of the galaxies that are part of the so-called Local Group surrounding the Milky Way.
Using the advanced Very Large Telescope, experts were able to distinguish the specter of a(very large planet orbiting a) young and luminous star with a mass 1.5 times that of the sun. The discovery was considered a milestone in the search for life in the universe.
The South American nation has offered around 1400 acres in the northern zone that is renowned for its clear, cloudless skies, ideal for astronomical research. Another country that has shown interest in the project is Spain