Gaze up at the night sky from ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, and you will be greeted with a stunning view like this one. Flecks of blue, orange, red; each a different star, galaxy, nebula, or more, together forming a sparkling sky overhead. Astronomers peer at this beautiful backdrop, trying to unravel the mysteries of the Universe.
To do this, they use telescopes like the ones shown here, the VLT Auxiliary Telescopes. This image shows three of the four moveable units that feed light into the Very Large Telescope Interferometer, the world's most advanced optical instrument. Combining to form one larger telescope, they are greater than the sum of their parts: they reveal details that would be visible with a telescope as large as the distance between them.
About the Image
|Release date:||6 January 2014, 10:00|
|Size:||4000 x 2605 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Cerro Paranal, Large Magellanic Cloud, Orion, Small Magellanic Cloud, Very Large Telescope, Very Large Telescope Interferometer|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star|
• Milky Way : Nebula
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Paranal
• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars