ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) Array Now in Google Earth

This image shows how ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) facility looks through the eyes of Google Earth. This popular software allows users to see the world from above, ranging from a satellite to a bird’s eye view. Now, Google Earth users can swoop around detailed 3-D models of the massive structures housing the four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes (UTs) atop Mount Paranal in the Chilean Atacama Desert. Also visible in this sample image are the four 1.8-metre movable Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs), the enclosure of the 2.4-metre VLT Survey Telescope (VST), and technical and support buildings. The models can be downloaded from ESO’s VLT page, and opened using Google Earth.

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ESO and Google Maps

About the Image

Id:vlt-paranal
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:19
Size:4800 x 3328 px

About the Object

Name:Cerro Paranal, Paranal, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Paranal

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