Meet METIS, a multi-tool instrument for the ELT

METIS will be one of the first-generation instruments of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, METIS stands for Mid-infrared ELT Imager and Spectrograph. This instrument will observe the sky at infrared wavelengths to study a wide range of science topics, from objects in our Solar System to distant galaxies. This documentary will give you a unique behind-the-scenes look at how METIS works, the challenges of designing such a complex instrument, and how it will change our understanding of the cosmos once it’s operational at the ELT.



Directed by: Martin Wallner
Written by: Rebecca Forsberg and Rory Harris
Script Consultants: Jeff Lynn, Bernhard Brandl and Juan Carlos Muños Mateos
Cinematography, Drone and Editing: Angelos Tsaousis
Videography: Luis Calçada, Herbert Zodet and Jeff Lynn
Animations & Infographics: Luis Calçada, Martin Kornmesser and Martin Wallner
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida
Narration: Colin Griffiths-Brown
Music: Mylonite MRP (Mylonite Recordz Production) — BO Réflexion Méditation / Berceuse spatiale, Johan B. Monell ( — Gamma Ray Bursts / Explorer of the Unknown / Rosetta Mission, Dimitris Polychroniadis - Beyond the Galaxies / Serenity, Disasterpeace - FEZ Adventure / Age / Majesty, Jennifer Athena Galatis - 67 megapixels M
Footage and photos: ESO, METIS consortium, L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser, Dirk Lesman - METIS Mechanics System Lead / NOVA, Space Engine (, ESA/Hubble, NASA Conceptual Image Lab (, Exeter/Kraus et al. NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, A. Pagan (STScI), NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, A. James (STScI), ACe Consortium, B. Holwerda (University of Louisville), Theofanis N. Matsopoulos, S. Guisard (, International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA
Filming locations: ASTRON - Dwingeloo, The Netherlands & MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
Acknowledgements: Jeff Lynn, Bernhard Brandl, Felix Bettonvil, Silvia Scheithauer, Tobias Stadler, Adrian Glauser, Olivier Absil, Jean-Michel Desert, Dirk Lesman, Elfi Dijkstra, Rik ter Horst 

Produced by ESO, the European Southern Observatory
This film was funded by NOVA, the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (

About the Video

Release date:8 May 2023, 14:00
Related announcements:ann24007, ann23006
Duration:11 m 12 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:Extremely Large Telescope, METIS (Mid-infrared ELT Imager)
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument

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