Astronomers at an observatory in Chile are transforming our understanding of the universe.
'This week astronomers in Chile discovered the nearest planet outside our solar system, a trifling four light years away. Another observatory in Chile — the world’s largest — is looking much farther afield towards the “cosmic dawn”, transforming our understanding of the universe along the way.'
'This is the largest astronomical project in existence, an undertaking of such ambition — and cost — that it is only possible thanks to the expertise and funding (more than USD1billion) of an international consortium which combines North American, European and Asian partners with its Chilean host. At any given time about 500 people live on site at the 3,000m-altitude Operations Support Facility.'