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Foundation takes shape for Extremely Large Telescope

4 November 2018 Astronomy Now

The foundation of the European Southern Observatory’s Extremely Large Telescope is taking shape atop a mountain in Chile’s Atacama Desert, home to what will be the world’s largest optical instrument, a gargantuan telescope with a segmented primary mirror 39 metres (128 feet) across.

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Aurora provides spectacle, and Insight photography award

30 October 2018 Astronomy Now

France’s Nicolas Lefaudeux won top honours in the 2018 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition’s aurorae category with this view of a gossemar-like auroral band above Sirkka, Finland, a view that lasted about one minute and gave the impression of speeding toward a greenish horizon.