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Ireland joins the European Southern Observatory

26 September 2018

Extremely Large Telescope

Artist's impression of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) on Cerro Armazones
(Credit: ESO)

UK astronomers have welcomed Ireland as a fellow member of the world's most productive astronomical observatory – the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

“Ireland joining the ESO family is exciting and welcome news, and comes at a time when we can jointly look forward to the operation of the world’s largest optical/infrared telescope, the Extremely Large Telescope, currently under construction in Chile,” said Colin Vincent, STFC’s Head of Astronomy Division and ESO Council UK delegate.

“UK scientists and technologists also welcome the prospects of working with Irish colleagues developing new capabilities useful to ESO, notably in advanced optics, electronics and software.”

For more details see the full ESO news release.

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