ESOcast 26: Life at the Paranal Observatory

The astronomy podcast featuring news and cutting edge science from ESO

1 February 2011

The barren landscape surrounding the Paranal Observatory in Chile is stunning, but for the ESO staff who work there, on-site recreational activities are important for entertainment and general wellbeing. In this episode of the ESOcast, we follow three staff members in a unique behind-the-scenes look at the Paranal Residencia at the observatory’s base camp — a remarkable hotel that has won architectural design awards — to see some of their leisure activities.

More episodes of the ESOcast are also available.


Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Herbert Zodet.
Narration: Dr. J and Gaitee Hussain.
Music: zero-project ( and movetwo.
Footage and photos: ESO, Mineworks, Stéphane Guisard ( and José Francisco Salgado (
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.


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Screenshot of ESOcast 26
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ESOcast 26: Life and Leisure at Paranal
ESOcast 26: Life and Leisure at Paranal