The Desert around VISTA

This view of the reddish, Mars-like landscape of the Atacama Desert around the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), was taken from the neighbouring Cerro Paranal, home of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). VISTA started operations at the end of 2009 and the latest telescope to be added to ESO´s Paranal Observatory, located some 120 km south from Antofagasta, in the II Region of Chile. VISTA is the largest telescope in the world dedicated to surveying the sky and works at near-infrared wavelengths.

Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

About the Image

Id:vlt-jfs_3168
Type:Photographic
Release date:26 July 2010, 17:15
Size:4201 x 2795 px

About the Object

Name:Atacama Desert, Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - Survey Telescopes

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