Schematic representation of the four VLT Unit Telescopes feeding light to ESPRESSO

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Published on February 13, 2018
Uploaded By: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

The ESPRESSO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has used the combined light of all four of the 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes for the first time. Combining light from the Unit Telescopes in this way makes the VLT the largest optical telescope in existence in terms of collecting area. This video shows in highly simplified form how the light collected by all four VLT Unit Telescopes is combined in the ESPRESSO instrument, located under the VLT platform.

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