Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium

Speaker Isobel Hook
Title The European Extremely Large Telescope
Abstract The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) project aims to design and build a 42m-diameter optical-infrared telescope, which will be the largest telescope in the world. The project is now in the detailed design phase, leading to a proposal for construction that will be presented to ESO Council in late 2010. If approved, the ELT will see first light in around 2018. In this talk I will present a summary of the science case, which ranges from studies of exo-planets to the most distant galaxies and cosmology. I will show some recent results from science simulations developed as part of the Design Reference Mission for the telescope. I will also present the status of the telescope design and the ELT instrument studies that are currently underway.