Rolling Hills

An aerial view of the Paranal Observatory

Credit: ESO/G. Hüdepohl (

In this image, the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory is perched atop a hill in the Atacama Desert in Chile can be seen. On the top right is the observatory’s basecamp and the Residencia (residential buildings). To the left is a building that houses the VISTA survey telescope – the world’s largest survey telescope. The site is the perfect location to observe the Southern Sky.