Grand VISIR

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 the NEAR experiment being mounted on the Cassegrain focus of the VLT’s UT4.

Credit:

ESO/ NEAR Collaboration

About the Image

Id:eso1911c
Type:Photographic
Release date:10 June 2019, 15:00
Related releases:eso1911
Size:3264 x 2448 px

About the Object

Name:VISIR
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
Category:Paranal

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