NEAR experiment sees first light

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has recently received an upgraded addition to its suite of advanced instruments. On 21 May 2019 the newly modified instrument VISIR (VLT Imager and Spectrometer for mid-Infrared) made its first observations since being modified to aid in the search for potentially habitable planets in the Alpha Centauri system, the closest star system to Earth.

This stunning image of the VLT is painted with the colours of sunset and reflected in water on the platform. While inclement weather at Cerro Paranal is unfortunate for the astronomers using it, it lets us see ESO's flagship telescope in a new light.

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About the Image

Id:eso1911a
Type:Photographic
Release date:10 June 2019, 15:00
Related releases:eso1911
Size:7360 x 4912 px

About the Object

Name:Very Large Telescope
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Facility
Category:Paranal

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