Armazones and an Auxiliary Telescope. One of the four 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes atop Cerro Paranal admires Cerro Armazones — the future home of the European Extremely Large Telescope

Armazones and an Auxiliary Telescope. One of the four 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes atop Cerro Paranal admires Cerro Armazones — the future home of the European Extremely Large Telescope

UT4 Yepun, VLT Observatorio Cerro Paranal, Chile.

UT4 Yepun, VLT Observatorio Cerro Paranal, Chile.

UT1, UT2, UT3, VLT Observatorio Cerro Paranal, Chile.

UT1, UT2, UT3, VLT Observatorio Cerro Paranal, Chile.

UT4 Yepun, VLT Observatorio Cerro Paranal, Chile

UT4 Yepun, VLT Observatorio Cerro Paranal, Chile

Cerro Paranal is truly an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky. It is an amazing experience to be under an ideal night sky, a pure natural beauty unspoiled by urban lights.

Cerro Paranal is truly an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Walking on the desert near Paranal between the scattered stones and boulders on the pale red dust feels like being on Mars but under the Earth sky. It is an amazing experience to be under an ideal night sky, a pure natural beauty unspoiled by urban lights.

A laser shot towards the milky ways center

A laser shot towards the milky ways center

The Paranal Observatory is located on the top of Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert in the northern part of Chile

The Paranal Observatory is located on the top of Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert in the northern part of Chile

The rotating sky above ESO's Very Large Telescope at Paranal. This long exposure shows the stars rotating around the southern (left) and northern (right) celestial poles, the celestial equator being in the middle of the photo — where the stars seem to move in a straight line. The motion of the VLT's enclosures are also visible

The rotating sky above ESO's Very Large Telescope at Paranal. This long exposure shows the stars rotating around the southern (left) and northern (right) celestial poles, the celestial equator being in the middle of the photo — where the stars seem to move in a straight line. The motion of the VLT's enclosures are also visible

Photo Gallery of the VLT telescopes at Cerro Paranal. Chile

Photo Gallery of the VLT telescopes at Cerro Paranal. Chile

Moonset at Parnal Observatory in Chile, site of the Very Large Telescope--four networked telescopes operating in tandem.

Moonset at Parnal Observatory in Chile, site of the Very Large Telescope--four networked telescopes operating in tandem.

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