As the world turns…

The VLT (Very Large Telescope) is an array of four optical telescopes, sitting at an altitude of 2,635 metres in the Atacama Desert. It is operated by the ESO (European Southern Observatory), scanning the skies for extra-solar planets and distant galaxies. The VLT was one of the first to produce direct images of extrasolar planets in 2004. More recently, it has discovered the farthest gamma-ray burst, evidence for a black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, and a candidate for the farthest galaxy ever observed, some 13.2 light years away.

Well, that’s enough about it. Here is a time-lapse video of the VLT at work. It is the magnificent backdrop of the rotating, ever-changing sky that will blow your mind.


About MRW

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Posted on May 27, 2011, in Cosmology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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