2018 schedule

Sun 1st 10:00-10:30
Mercure Conservatory

A visit to the Very Large Telescope

Chris Morley


ESO's Very Large Telescope facility in Chile has played a pivotal role in many recent discoveries. Just four days after I toured the facility in February 2016, it was announced that seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a cool star (TRAPPIST 1) had been discovered. As well as general technical information about the facility, the talk highlights the contribution made by the VLT and explores the workings of the particular scientific instrument that was used.