UK to help build biggest ever telescope

  • 4 March 2013
An artist's impression of the EELT
Image caption This is what the EELT is expected to look like

The UK has agreed to help build the world's biggest telescope - which will be called the "European Extremely Large Telescope" because it's so big!

The new telescope will be able to collect 15 times more light than any existing telescope and will be built in Chile.

Scientists hope it will help us understand dark areas of the universe.

Image caption The EELT will take clearer photos than this one by the Hubble Space Telescope

The UK will contribute £88 million towards the total cost of the telescope which could be about £1 billion!

It's being built in Chile, which is not in Europe, because the clear skies there offer the perfect view.