How big is the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in Chile?
How does the future optical/near-infrared telescope match up against the world’s grandest sights
Asked by Gerald Harris
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer stands tall in Rio de Janeiro at 38m (125ft), but is small in comparison to the E-ELT’s height of 74m (243ft).
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)
The next addition to the European Southern Observatory’s collection sits at a height of 74 metres (243 feet). It will also sit at an altitude of roughly 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
The Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum remains a fearsome sight at 48m (157.4ft) tall but it’s still much smaller than the E-ELT.
The London Eye, UK
The London Eye attraction towers over the European Extremely Large Telescope by a massive 61m (200ft).
Allianz Arena, Munich
The home of FC Bayern Munich is a big structure at 50m (164ft) but it is smaller than the E-ELT.
The Pyramids, Giza
While the E-ELT is a huge structure, the Great Pyramid dwarfs it at an impressive 139m (456ft).
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