Café & Kosmos 8 February 2012
The European Extremely Large Telescope
6 February 2012
with Dr Markus Kissler Patig, ESO
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is setting out to build the largest optical telescope ever conceived: the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). This giant, with a primary mirror of 40 metres in diameter, is one of the most ambitious research infrastructures of the next decade, worldwide! Dr Markus Kissler-Patig (ESO), the Project Scientist for the E-ELT, will present the project and its technical challenges. Much of the necessary technology is forefront research, and the complexity of the machine is immense, promising headaches for many engineers over the next decade.
He will discuss with the guests of Café & Kosmos why such a challenge is worthwhile: this observatory will allow ground-breaking discoveries in many fields. For the first time, we will be technically capable of not only detecting, but also characterising habitable planets beyond the Solar System. We will also be able to measure the expansion of the Universe directly and learn more about the mysterious dark matter and dark energy.
Please note that the Café & Kosmos events take place in German.
What: The European Extremely Large Telescope
When: Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 19:00 until approximately 20:30
Where: Vereinsheim, Occamstr. 8, 80802 München, near Münchener Freiheit
Admission is free.
Karl Schwarzschildstr. 2
85748 Garching bei München
Tel: +49 89 3200 6752
Dr. Hannelore Hämmerle
MPI für extraterrestrische Physik
MPI für Astrophysik
Tel: +49 (89) 30 000 3980
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