Program Description: The Very Large Telescope Array is the flagship facility for European ground-based astronomy and is the world's most advanced optical instrument, consisting of four Unit Telescopes with main mirrors of 8.2m diameter and four movable 1.8m diameter Auxiliary Telescopes. The telescopes can work together, to form a giant ‘interferometer’, the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer, allowing astronomers to see details up to 25 times finer than with the individual telescopes. Applications include high redshift galaxies, star formation, exoplanets and protoplanetary systems.
Year Started: 2004.
Organization Description: N/A
Data Description: VLT is funded by the European Southern Observatory, supporting scientists in Austria, Belgium, Brazil*, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Project Type: Instrument
Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences
Budget: 78 Million US
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