ESOcast 152 Light: ESO’s VLT Working as 16-metre Telescope for First Time (4K UHD)

The ESPRESSO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has used the combined light of all four of the 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes for the first time. Combining light from the Unit Telescopes in this way makes the VLT the largest optical telescope in existence in terms of collecting area.

This ESOcast Light takes a quick look at this milestone.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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ESO

Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Nicole Shearer and Richard Hook.
Music written and performed by: Tim Turusov (www.turusov.com).
Footage and photos: ESO, F. Kamphues, P. Horálek, L. Calçada, spaceengine.org.
Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1806a
Release date:13 February 2018, 15:00
Related releases:eso1806
Duration:01 m 23 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:ESPRESSO
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
Category:ESOcast
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