First light for MATISSE interferometric instrument
The MATISSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) successfully made its first observations at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile in early-2018. MATISSE is the most powerful interferometric instrument in the world at mid-infrared wavelengths. It will use high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy to probe the regions around young stars where planets are forming as well as the regions around supermassive black holes in the centres of galaxies.
This strange picture shows the result of interfering the light coming from the four VLT Auxiliary Telescopes within MATISSE.Credit:
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|Release date:||5 March 2018, 15:00|
|Size:||2000 x 1339 px|
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|Type:||Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument|