Very Large Telescope
Naumann, Michael European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany.
West, Richard European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany.
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An astronomical telescope facility located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Operated by the European Southern Observatory, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is used to study a wide range of astronomical phenomena in optical and infrared light. Its constituent telescopes offer among the greatest collecting area and the highest angular resolving power of any ground-based instrument in the world (Fig. 1). See also: Astronomical observatory; Telescope
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