Monday, October 17, 2011

ESA, ESO and Chile: Sign Agreement on Location of E-ELT

On 13 October 2011, the Republic of Chile and ESO signed an agreement regarding land for the European Extremely Large Telescope.

This included the donation of an area of 189 km2 around Cerro Armazones for the installation of the E-ELT as well as a concession for 50 years relating to the surrounding area. 

It represents an additional 362 km2 open space barrier, which will protect the E-ELT from light pollution and mining operations. 

With the current 719 km2 of land around Cerro Paranal the total protected area around the Paranal-Armazones complex will thus reach 1270 km2. Credit: ESO/L. Calcada

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