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La Silla Observatory
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Organization European Southern Observatory
Location Coquimbo Region, Chile
29°15.67′S 70°43.88′W / 29.26117°S 70.73133°W / -29.26117; -70.73133
Altitude 2,400 metres (7,900 ft)
Established 1964 (1964)
New Technology Telescope 3.5 m reflector
ESO 3.6-metre 3.6 m reflector
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre 2.2-m reflector
Danish National Telescope 1.5 m reflector
Euler Telescope 1.2 m reflector
ESO 1 m Schmidt 1.0 m reflector
REM Telescope 0.6 m reflector
TRAPPIST 0.6 m reflector
TAROT 0.3 m reflector

La Silla Observatory is an observatory in Chile with eighteen telescopes that study the stars. The observatory is one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. La Silla is a 2,400 meter high mountain that is found in the far southern part of the Atacama Desert. It can be found about 160 kilometers north of La Serena, 27 kilometers south of the Las Campanas Observatory, and about 100 kilometers north of the Cerro Tololo Observatory.

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