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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The VLT Survey Telescope will survey the visible-light sky

The VLT Survey Telescope will survey the visible-light sky
Click on the image for full resolution (4.8 MB)

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at Cerro Paranal. The VST is a state-of-the-art 2.6-meter telescope equipped with OmegaCAM, a monster 268 megapixel CCD camera with a field of view four times the area of the full Moon. It will survey the visible-light sky. The VST is the result of a joint venture between ESO and the Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory (OAC) of Naples, a research centre of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).
The full resolution image weighs 4.8 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO/G.Hüdepohl (atacamaphoto.com)

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