Cerro Paranal

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Cerro Paranal
Paranal camp.jpg
Paranal camp
Highest point
Elevation 2,635 m (8,645 ft)
Coordinates 24°37′38″S 70°24′17″W / 24.62722°S 70.40472°W / -24.62722; -70.40472Coordinates: 24°37′38″S 70°24′17″W / 24.62722°S 70.40472°W / -24.62722; -70.40472
Location northern Chile
Parent range Chilean Coast Range

Cerro Paranal is a mountain in the Atacama desert of northern Chile that is home to the Paranal Observatory. Prior to the construction of the observatory the summit was a horizontal control point with an elevation of 2,664 metres (8,740 ft),[1] now it is 2,635 metres (8,645 ft) above sea level. It is the site of the Very Large Telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope. It is located 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Antofagasta and 80 km (50 mi) north of Taltal, 15 km (9.3 mi) inland, 5 km (3.1 mi) west of highway B-710.



  1. ^ Joint Operations Graphic (JPEG) (Map) (1 ed.). 1 : 250,000. 1501. Defence Mapping Agency Topographic Center. 1974. p. Sheet SG 19-2. 
  2. ^ "Up high". www.eso.org. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

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