Night sky over VLT telescopes

Night sky over VLT telescopes

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Night sky over VLT telescopes. Southern hemisphere skies over four of the auxiliary telescopes (lower right) and the laser star guide (lower left) of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile's Atacama Desert. From left, constellations include Orion, Canis Major, and Taurus. The Large Magellanic Cloud (centre right) is at left of the Small Magellanic Cloud. On the horizon is the natural airglow (green) of Earth's upper atmosphere). Operated by the ESO (European Southern Observatory), the powerful VLT interferometer is located on Cerro Paranal at an altitude of 2600 metres. The laser star guide began operating in the VLT's Yepun telescope in January 2006.

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