A Day in the Atacama Desert

This video shows the immediate surroundings of ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert. 

At an altitude of 2600 metres, this remote and extremely dry site offers one of the clearest skies on Earth, a necessary condition to perform cutting-edge astronomical observations.

The Pacific Ocean, visible in the background, is located only 12 kilometres away, and is almost always covered by a low-altitude cloud layer.


ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

About the Video

Release date:12 February 2010, 17:41
Duration:01 m 25 s

About the Object



Large QT
20.3 MB


Video Podcast
13.6 MB
Medium MPEG-1
34.0 MB
Medium Flash
16.9 MB


Small Flash
5.8 MB
Small QT
4.7 MB

For Broadcasters

Broadcast SD
435.3 MB

Also see our