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ESO Headquarters at Sunset
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ESO Headquarters at Sunset

April 12, 2011
This panoramic photograph shows the European Southern Observatory's Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany. The image shows the view from the roof of the main building just after sunset. This is the scientific, technical and administrative center for ESO's operations, and the base from which many astronomers conduct their research. The scientists, technicians and administrators who work here come from many different backgrounds, but all have one thing in common: a passion for astronomy.

ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. ESO operates telescopes at three observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. In addition, Cerro Armazones, near Paranal has been selected as the site for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

ESO provides state-of-the-art research facilities to astronomers and is supported by Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The ESO Headquarters reflects this multicultural spirit of cooperation and is the workplace for astronomers from around the globe.


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