SEST telescope at La Silla

SEST telescope at La Silla

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Credit: JOHN K. DAVIES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: SEST dish reflecting an inverted view of the landscape. The SEST (Swedish-ESO sub-millimetre telescope) has a 15 metre diameter dish. It is used for observations at wavelengths between 42 and 0.8 millimetres, a type of radio radiation. La Silla is in the Chilean Atacama Desert, which is very dry and at high altitude (2400 metres). These conditions are ideal for astronomical observations.

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Keywords: american, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysics, atacama desert, chile, dish, eso, european southern observatory, la silla, radio, reflection, reflector, sest, south america, swedish-eso sub-millimetre, telescope

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