A high-tech family portrait
Looming over its relatives, ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope gleams on the far left of the image. Home to the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) instrument, the 3.6-metre telescope is the world’s foremost ground-based planet hunter. ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) can be seen on an adjoining peak, easily visible as the next-largest family member. The NTT has been a testbed for pioneering technologies — such as active optics — that are now standard features on telescopes around the world, including ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).
The smaller domes of more ESO-operated, collaborative, and decommissioned telescopes can be seen emerging from the mountain terrain, as can the site’s main access road, which winds up the sun-bathed mountainside towards the site’s various technical and support buildings.Credit:
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|Release date:||9 October 2017, 06:00|
|Size:||3888 x 2592 px|
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