Maëlle's new toys

Astronomy and telescopes can sometimes bring out our inner child. In a testament to human curiosity, astronomers keep building ever-larger instruments in remote places throughout the world.

ESO Astronomer Julien Girard snapped this cute picture of his daughter during a family day at Paranal Observatory, in the Chilean Andes. Thanks to a trick of perspective, little Maëlle seems to be looking into the open dome of one of the 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). Although the telescopes are used for serious scientific research, astronomers can sometimes feel like children when playing with such giant “toys”.

Julien Girard is an ESO astronomer and an ESO Photo Ambassador based in Chile, working at the VLT. He is the instrument scientist for the NACO adaptive optics instrument on the VLT’s Unit Telescope 4. He submitted this photograph to the Your ESO Pictures Flickr group, from where it was picked out as an ESO Picture of the Week.

Links

Oikeudet:

Kuvasta

Tunnistus:potw1327a
Tyyppi:Valokuvallinen
Julkaisupäivä:8. heinäkuuta 2013 10:00
Koko:1624 x 1145 px

Kohteesta

Nimi:Very Large Telescope
Tyyppi:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Kategoria:Paranal

Kuvaformaatit

Suuri JPEG
235,7 KB
Kokoruudun JPEG
122,2 KB

Zoomattavissa


Taustakuvat

1024x768
137,0 KB
1280x1024
191,9 KB
1600x1200
238,5 KB
1920x1200
273,1 KB
2048x1536
332,3 KB

 

Katso myös