Aerial Photo of Cerro Paranal

This aerial photo of the Paranal mountain, the designated site for the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT), was obtained on 22 March 1994.

Paranal is located in the driest part of the Chilean Atacama desert, approx. 130 km south of the city of
Antofagasta, and about 12 km from the Pacific Ocean. The altitude is 2650 metres.

The top of the mountain has been levelled to make place for the extensive VLT installations. The four excavations for the buildings that will house the four 8.2 metre VLT unit telescopes are clearly seen. The positions of some of the future structures have been marked. The control building will be located on the platform at the rightmost edge of the mountain.

Credit:

ESO

Bookmark and Share

About the Image

Id:eso9408c
Type:Photographic
Release date:6 May 1994
Related releases:eso9408
Size:400 x 249 px

About the Object

Name:Cerro Paranal
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface : Mountain
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Paranal

Image Formats

Large JPEG
72.8 KB
Screensize JPEG
203.4 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
258.6 KB
1280x1024
345.5 KB
1600x1200
453.7 KB
1920x1200
555.5 KB
2048x1536
621.6 KB

Also see our