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Monday, April 16, 2012

The VST: World's Largest Visible Light Survey Telescope!

The VST: World's Largest Visible Light Survey Telescope!
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The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) is the latest telescope to be added to ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. It is housed in an enclosure immediately adjacent to the four VLT Unit Telescopes on the summit of Cerro Paranal. The VST is a 2.6-meter wide-field survey telescope with a field of view twice as broad as the full Moon. It is the largest telescope in the world dedicated to sky surveys in visible light. The VST was designed and built by the INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy as part of a joint venture between INAF and ESO.
The full resolution image weighs 4.6 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO/G. Lombardi
Image enhancement: Jean-Baptiste Faure

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