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La Silla Observatory in Chile

4 Oct 2011, 00:55 UTC
La Silla Observatory in Chile
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The La Silla observatory is located in Chile and is ESO’s original observing site. It is located in the southern part of the Atacama desert at an altitude of 2400 meter.
A few of the telescopes at the La Silla observatory
La Silla sadly shows signs of economic cut backs with many smaller telescopes decommissioned. I was surprised at the sheer amounts of telescopes here.

The main hotel and restaurant
The site itself is very beautiful and has spectacular views.
View from La Silla observatory
The sun setting and giving way to the spectacular night sky
The astronomer himself enjoying the sunset

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