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La Silla 50th Anniversary Culminates with Total Solar Eclipse

3 Jul 2019, 00:00 UTC
La Silla 50th Anniversary Culminates with Total Solar Eclipse ESO/R. Lucchesi

On 2 July, the path of totality of a solar eclipse passed across ESO’s La Silla Observatory. This rare astronomical event falls in the fiftieth year of operation of ESO’s first observatory. Inaugurated in 1969, La Silla Observatory led Europe to the front line of astronomical research and continues to deliver remarkable science. 1000 visitors, including the President of the Republic of Chile, journeyed to the remote observatory to witness the unique conjunction.

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