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The Very Large Telescope [1444]

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) consists of an arrangement of four large (8.2 meter diameter) telescopes, and optical elements which can combine them into an astronomical interferometer (VLTI) which is used to resolve small objects. The interferometer also includes a set of four 1.8 meter diameter movable auxliary telescopes (AT, 3 shown here) dedicated to interferometric observations. The 8.2 meter telescopes have been named after some astronomical objects in the local Mapuche language: Antu (The Sun), Kueyen (The Moon), Melipal (The Southern Cross), and Yepun (Venus). [Source: Wikipedia]


Paranal Observatory (elevation: 2,635 m or 8,645 ft), Atacama Desert, Chile, 26 Aug 2009. © 2009 José Francisco Salgado, PhD

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Taken on August 25, 2009