NEAR on the VLT

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 image shows NEAR mounted on UT4, with the telescope inclined at low altitude.

Credit:

ESO/ NEAR Collaboration

About the Image

Id:eso1911b
Type:Photographic
Release date:10 June 2019, 15:00
Related releases:eso1911
Size:2448 x 3264 px

About the Object

Name:Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
Category:Paranal

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