VLT in 3D

By: Stephane Guisard


Region: Americas

Site: Cerro Paranal - Chile

Date: September 2009

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In a moonlit night of Atacama Desert in Chile, the International Space Station flies above the Very Large Telescope (VLT) array on Cerro Paranal. To view the three dimensional depth of this Anaglyph image you should use a 3D glasses (made of two opposite color filters, usually red and cyan). To see the photo in normal 2D click on the black star-pattern icon above the image.
Because of its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, and lack of light pollution and radio interference from the very widely spaced cities, the site is one of the best places in the world to conduct astronomical observations. Visible in the foreground is two of the 8-meter VLT telescopes and three smaller auxiliary telescopes that join the array. Stephane Guisard -

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