Professor Patrick Roche, the President of the Council of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and Hertford's tutor for Physics, participated in the First Stone event for the ESO Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) on May 26. The event was held at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, and was attended by the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and other dignitaries. This event marks the start of construction of the world’s largest and most powerful optical/infrared telescope. The ELT will take 7 years to construct and is scheduled for its first look at the sky in 2024.
You can read the full ESO press release here.