Imagine looking up into the night sky and seeing so clearly you could spot an astronaut walking on the moon. Imagine peering back to the beginning of time and seeing stars form before your very eyes or black holes in galaxies billion of light years away. Imagine being able to look into other solar systems and finding Earth like planets that hold the possibility of life.
An eye this powerful was built and operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635 m high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. Each telescope has an 8.2 metre aperture. The V.L.T. – The Very Large Telescope consists of four separate telescopes that act together as one giant eye. The V.L.T. is one of the most powerful telescope arrays on earth. It is one of the most powerful tools in humanity’s scientific arsenal for unlocking the secrets of the cosmos. This is The Eye on the Universe.
Eye on The Universe