A Window to the Desert

Reflections turn the reddish ground and the blue sky upside-down on the glass panels of this window, at ESO’s Paranal Observatory Residencia. The window offers a stunning view of the Mars-like landscape which characterises this area of the Chilean Atacama Desert, one of Earth’s best windows on the Universe. The 2600-metre-high Cerro Paranal, located some 120 km south of Antofagasta in the II Region of Chile, is home to ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world’s most advanced optical ground-based astronomical observatory. Only some 20 km away is Cerro Armazones, the selected site for the planned European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the world’s largest eye on the sky.

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P. Zidar/ESO

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Id:pzidar_paranal_lv-10
Type:Photographic
Release date:16 April 2011, 18:23
Size:4000 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:Atacama Desert, Paranal
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Facility
• X - Paranal

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