TRH The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess pay a visit today to the European Southern Observatory (ESO), Paranal, in Chile’s desert area.
The Paranal observatory was built by the ESO, which is a European collaboration. Denmark has been a part of the ESO since 1966 and annually supports the organization with research funding. Therefore, Danish researchers have the opportunity to observe through the telescopes and thus contribute to research findings.
The Paranal observatory houses the Very Large Telescope (VLT), which is the world’s largest telescope, and the VISTA telescope, which has taken innumerable pictures of the universe.
The Crown Prince Couple will be shown the centre’s telescopes during the visit. At sundown, The Crown Prince Couple will be shown the mapping telescope and, together with Danish astronomers and others, see and explore the heavens.
The day before The Crown Prince Couple’s visit, a new telescope, the ALMA telescope, was inaugurated. ALMA is a collection of 66 antennas, which can observe the coldest places in the universe. Construction of the telescope has been going on since 2011, and astronomers hope, among other things, to gain more knowledge about how stars are formed and how the early universe appeared.
Published March 14, 2013