Bird’s Eye View of the Very Large Telescope*

A bird soaring over the remote, sparsely populated Atacama Desert in northern Chile — possibly the driest desert in the world — might be surprised to come upon the technological oasis of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Paranal. The world’s most advanced ground-based facility for astronomy, the site hosts four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes, four 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes, the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), and the 4.1-metre Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), seen in the distance on the next mountain peak over from the main platform.

This aerial view also shows other structures, including the Observatory Control Room building, on the main platform’s front edge.

Credit:

J.L. Dauvergne & G. Hüdepohl (atacamaphoto.com)/ESO

About the Image

Id:eso-paranal-51
Language:en-au
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:21
Size:4191 x 2783 px

About the Object

Name:Cerro Paranal, Paranal, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Paranal

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