ESPRESSO achieves First Light: group picture
The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) successfully made its first observations in November 2017. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes in the properties of light coming from their host stars. For the first time ever, an instrument will be able to sum up the light from all four VLT telescopes and achieve the light collecting power of a 16-metre telescope.
This picture shows a group picture of the happy first light team on the platform at Paranal, with the VLT in the background.Credit:
Giorgio Calderone, INAF Trieste
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|6 December 2017, 12:00
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