"A wonderful science machine"
The European Southern Observatory's Director General Tim de Zeeuw opened Tuesday's proceedings with a grand tour of the facilities in Chile. With 88 percent clear skies it's no wonder he referred to the Observatory as "a wonderful science machine", which receives over 1,000 proposals per semester. The Very Large Telescope alone is oversubscribed with proposals up to six times over.
Left: the beautifully desolate Paranal site with VISTA in the foreground and the VLT in the background. Image: ESO.