New Telescope in Chile Unveils Stunning First Images

December 6th, 2012 Comments Off on New Telescope in Chile Unveils Stunning First Images

A gorgeous photo of a star-forming region of space called the Carina Nebula marks the inauguration of a new telescope — the largest instrument in the world devoted to surveying the sky in visible light. It’s called the VLT Survey Telescope (VST). The VST is a 2.6-meter telescope with a 268-megapixel camera, called OmegaCAM, at its core. The visible-light telescope is designed to map the sky both quickly and with precise image quality.