Panorama of Very Large Telescope at Cerro Paranal seen from Entrance Gate at 2,6 km distance
Shooting for the stars
The Very Large Telescope (VLT) at European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Cerro Paranal in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
The picture is a 53-image panorama taken from the entrance gate at a distance of 2,6 km.
The mountain originally had a “real” mountain top which was blown away to make the flat platform for the 4 big Unit Telescopes (UT) and the 4 smaller Auxiliary Telescopes (AT), which together form the Very Large Telescope (VLT), as well as the control buildings on the side, from where the astronomers work and operate the telescope(s) – and in a few years also will control and operate the near by European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT or just ELT in everyday speech), which is currently under construction on a similar flattened mountain top of Cerro Armazones some 20 km away (and clearly visible form the VLT).
The real image dimensions are 30241 × 6784 px and not what is listed in the image information box above – however WordPress couldn’t handle it…!