First Light for YEPUN
This Video Clip shows sequences from the Control Room at the Paranal Observatory, recorded with a fixed TV-camera in the evening of September 3 at about 23:00 hrs local time (03:00 UT), i.e., soon after the moment of "First Light" for YEPUN . The video sequences were transmitted via ESO's dedicated satellite communication link to the Headquarters in Garching for production of the clip. It begins at the moment a guide star is acquired to perform an automatic "active optics" correction of the mirrors; the associated explanation is given by Massimo Tarenghi (VLT Project Manager). The first astronomical observation is performed and the first image of the planetary nebula Hen 2-428 is discussed by the ESO Director General, Catherine Cesarsky . The next image, of the nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 6822, arrives and is shown and commented on by the ESO Director General. Finally, Massimo Tarenghi talks about the next major step of the VLT Project. The combination of the lightbeams from two 8.2-m Unit Telescopes, planned for the summer of 2001, will mark the beginning of the VLT Interferometer.