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…!