Very Large Telescope, Cerro Paranal

Very Large Telescope, Cerro Paranal

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Very Large Telescope (VLT), Cerro Paranal, Chile, at sunset. The VLT comprises four 8.2-metre mirror telescopes (Antu, Kueyen, Melipal and Yepun), housed in the buildings at centre and right. They provide images which are combined by interferometry. This gives an image equivalent to that obtained by a 16-metre diameter mirror, making the VLT one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. They are located at an altitude of 2600 metres in Chile's Atacama desert. At far left are the site's auxiliary telescopes. Photographed in October 2011.

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