UT3-MELIPAL and VISIR

Every day, before the observations start, each telescope undergoes a complete start up during which each of its function is checked, like a plane before take off. Here, Melipal, the third Unit Telescope, has been moved to a very low altitude, revealing the cell holding its main mirror.

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About the Image

Id:melipal_ut3_startup_dec2004
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:19
Size:4856 x 4579 px

About the Object

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

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