La Silla telescope domes

La Silla telescope domes

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Credit: JOHN K. DAVIES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: La Silla telescope domes. These telescopes are part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). La Silla, in the Chilean Atacama Desert, is the site of several telescopes. The area is very dry and at high altitude (2400 metres), which means the air is very clear and excellent for observations. Many ESO operations have moved to a new site at Cerro Paranal. This is the site of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) where data from four 8.2 metre telescopes are combined to give an image equivalent to that obtained by one 16 metre telescope.

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Keywords: american, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysics, atacama desert, chile, chilean, dome, domes, eso, european southern observatory, horizontal, la silla, optical telescope, south america, telescopes

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