Live Webcams at ESO

Round-the-clock streams available from four ESO sites in Chile

13 December 2010

Four web cameras have been placed at the ESO sites, allowing anyone to see ESO’s advanced telescopes in action and admire the fascinating Milky Way over one of the driest deserts in the world at any time.

The 24/7 live transmission from the webcams offers multiple streams that are not to be missed:

  • VLTCam: Follow astronomers and engineers as they work at the VLT — the largest visible-light telescope in the world — and see how the four Unit Telescopes are operated or maintained.
  • ALMACam: Spot the ALMA antennas as they are being built and tested by ESO and partners. The camera looks through the hot dry air of the Atacama Desert at the Operations Support Facilities near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
  • APEXCam: Watch the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope at an elevation of 5100 metres, at one of the highest observatory sites on Earth.
  • La Silla NightCam: Admire breathtaking night views of the Milky Way from the La Silla Observatory.

The live webcams are complemented by virtual tours that take online visitors inside the telescope domes, around the sites or even back in time. Each trip is enhanced by links and videos containing further information.



Oana Sandu
ESO, Garching bei München, Germany
ePOD Community Coordinator

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The new set at Paranal - The VLT, the VST dome and the AT1
The new set at Paranal - The VLT, the VST dome and the AT1