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I have a new article published on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe.


"Construction of the E-ELT monster telescope starts on Thursday with the blasting of a million tonnes of rock from a mountain top. Watch the livestream below.



It was one of the last places on Earth I expected to get a mobile signal. And in a few hours' time it won't exist at all.


Between 17:30 and 19:30 BST, the European Southern Observatory will blast the top off Cerro Armazones, a 3,000-metre-high mountain in the Chilean Andes. And the world can watch it happen live via the player embedded below.


Almost a million tonnes of rock will be blown away in the detonation. This will lower the mountain top by 40 metres and provide a plateau on which to build the world’s largest telescope."


Read the full article and watch the livestream recording here.

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