Cerro Armazones and Cerro Paranal in Chile

View from above of the 2600 m high Cerro Paranal, home to ESO's flagship Very Large Telescope, and the 3000 m high Cerro Armazones in Chile, as seen in Google Earth. Cerro Armazones is the future home of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). It is located in the Atacama Desert, perhaps the driest place on Earth.

The E-ELT programme office assessed many potential sites for the future E-ELT observatory, which, with its 40-metre-class diameter mirror, will be the world’s biggest eye on the sky. Cerro Armazones was the E-ELT Site Selection Advisory Committee's recommended site, because it has the best balance of sky quality across all aspects and can be operated in an integrated fashion with the existing Paranal Observatory. The ESO Council selected Cerro Armazones as the baseline site for the E-ELT in April 2010.


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About the Image

Release date:4 March 2010, 12:02
Size:4800 x 3328 px

About the Object

Name:Cerro Armazones, Cerro Paranal
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface
• X - Paranal

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