July 2009 — A rare cloudscape over La Silla

A rare view of a cloudscape over La Silla, in the southern edges of the Atacama Desert, home of ESO’s first observing site. Here ESO operates three major telescopes: the 3.6-metre telescope, the New Technology Telescope, and the 2.2-metre Max-Planck-ESO telescope. They are equipped with state-of-theart instruments such as HARPS, one of the best extrasolar planet finders in the world. The dome at the right of the image belongs to the ESO 3.6-metre telescope, commissioned in 1977 and completely upgraded in 1999, and to which HARPS is mounted.

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