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You’ve landed in our biggest lab, where we build cutting-edge scientific instruments for BIG telescopes

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Get a 360 fisheye view of our BIG space

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MOONS: the Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph

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ERIS-NIX: the imager camera system for the Enhanced Resolution Imager and Spectrograph instrument

Where are MOONS and ERIS headed?

The biggest of its kind in the world, the Very Large Telescope is located at the Paranal Observatory, 2,635 metres above sea level in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Being high and dry helps minimise the effects of Earth’s atmosphere on observations