The OWL (Overwhelmingly Large Telescope) is an awesome project which requires international effort to make it happen.

This huge telescope – its main mirror would be more than 100 metres across – would have a predicted resolution 40 times better than the Hubble Space Telescope and a sensitivity several thousand times greater.

It would be sited at an altitude of 5,000 metres and would be operated almost as a space observatory, with a base camp for the human operators nearby at a lower height of no more than 3,000 metres.

The European Southern Observatory organisation, the prime mover behind the project, is currently negotiating rights to a site with Chile