Important cutting-edge work into solving the mysteries of the origin of the universe has ground to a halt.
It has been revealed that construction of a new telescope in Chile, larger than the current largest has had to be halted whilst astronomers search for a new superlative to name it after.
One astronomer explained: "We started looking for the superlative way back when we were using the Very Large Telescope. Of course now we're using the Extremely Large Telescope to look for the superlative but despite its expected size, it's very difficult to find. To be honest we'd settle for a nice big adjective right now."