VLT Laser Guide Star Facility

VLT Laser Guide Star Facility

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/G. HUDEPOHL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Laser Guide Star Facility at the European Southern Observatory's VLT (Very Large Telescope), Cerro Paranal, Chile. The laser (PARSEC) produces this orange beam to create a guide star in the atmosphere. This facility began operating on 28 January 2006, in the VLT's Yepun telescope (lower right). By focusing on the artificial guide star, VLT telescopes are calibrated to remove the effects of the atmosphere on observations, a process known as adaptive optics. As well as the band of the Milky Way, the bright star Sirius (centre left) and the stars forming the Sword of Orion (far left) are seen. Two other VLT telescopes are also seen.Restrictions:

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