E-ELT site testing — Vizcachas / Chile

The above picture shows a view of the desert around Vizcachas, a site located in Chile, not very far from the ESO La Silla Observatory, home to the 3.6-metre telescope and its very successful exoplanet hunter HARPS.

The E-ELT programme office has studied half a dozen potential sites for the future E-ELT observatory, which, with its 40-metre-class diameter, will be the world’s biggest eye on the sky. Various aspects need to be considered in the site selection process. Vizcachas was on the E-ELT Site Selection Advisory Committee’s final short list for the recommended site.

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Id:vizcachas20078274_cc
Type:Photographic
Release date:4 March 2010, 11:40
Size:2912 x 4368 px

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Name:Atacama Desert
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface
• X - Solar System

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