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VLT, the gateway to the stars

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4404

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00:06:00

Année de production

2014

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16/9
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Sonore

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Frédéric Gonte, Instrumentation Systems Engineer at the Paranal site, presents the European Southern Observatory (ESO) which has been standing for 15 years in the heart of the Atacama desert in Chile. It includes ten telescopes: four VLTs (Very Large Telescopes), four telescopes dedicated to interferometry, two to sky surveillance and a multitude of instruments for a precise observation of the sky. This film is an opportunity to present the new equipment that will be installed in the observatory and discover its functionality.
The second generation SPHERE instrument (Spectro Polarimetric High Contrast Exoplanet Research) will enable the detection of new exoplanets and provide direct imaging, a major challenge for the scientific community, and the MUSE project (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer), a very high-tech instrument based on the innovative concept of an integral field spectrograph, which will be added to the VLT.

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