ESOCast 33: Under Chilean Skies

The astronomy podcast featuring news and cutting edge science from ESO

11 August 2011

Cloudy skies are an astronomer’s nightmare. And while illuminated cities are a night-time beacon of modern civilisation, bright night skies are also a no-go zone for world-class astronomical observations.

So, in the pursuit of pristine skies, ESO, the European Southern Observatory operates its telescopes far beyond Europe, in the remote and arid landscape of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

In this ESOcast, Dr J looks at why this hostile environment is one of the best places on Earth to observe the night sky.


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Credit: ESO

Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Herbert Zodet and Sarah Reed.
Narration: Dr. J and Gaitee Hussain.
Music: Movetwo.
Footage and photos: ESO, Stéphane Guisard, Christoph Malin and José Francisco Salgado, GoogleEarth.
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

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ESOcast 33: Under Chilean Skies
ESOcast 33: Under Chilean Skies