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Very Large Telescope, Paranal observatory

Very Large Telescope, Paranal observatory

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BABAK TAFRESHI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BABAK TAFRESHI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Very Large Telescope. One of the auxiliary telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) array at the Cerro Paranal observatory, Chile, at dusk. The VLT comprises four 8.2-metre mirror telescopes (Antu, Kueyen, Melipal and Yepun) located at an altitude of 2600 metres on Cerro Paranal (Paranal Mountain) in the Atacama desert. 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.

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