Eye in the sky telescope tender up for grabs

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LOCAL businesses are being given a chance to reach for the stars by tendering for an opportunity to be involved in the construction of the world’s biggest ground-based telescope.

Companies will attend an event at NETPark, in Sedgefield, on Thursday, June 21, where experts will be on hand to outline potential contract opportunities for what is planned to be the biggest eye in the sky.

The telescope, called the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), is an eleven-year construction project proposed to be designed and manufactured in Europe and built in Chile.

It will have enormous global impact by enabling astronomers to probe and understand a whole range of phenomena.

E-ELT will be the biggest optical and infrared telescope in the world, the size of five classic London buses.

The main mirror, almost 120ft-wide and made up of 800 individual segments, will have a field of view one third the width of the full moon.

The NETPark event is sold out