Oct 7, 2008

A peek at the largest optical telescope in the world

A peek at the largest optical telescope in the world



For ten years, the Cerro Paranal observatory in the Atacama desert at the north end of Chile has been gazing up at the stars.

This European observatory boasts the most advanced technology: four telescopes with 8-meter diameters that are collectively known as the VLT, or "Very Large Telescope."

In 2009 they will inaugurate their newest telescope, the Vista.

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