As a bonus, one of the main telescopes has now been fitted with four adaptive optics lasers, to help remove atmospheric turbulence from observations. You can read more about the VLT adaptive optics system here.
PHOTOS: ALMA: New Jewel of the Atacama Desert
For the entire #MeetESO visit, high winds and (at the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) even blizzards made conditions a challenge. Though clouds descended over Paranal soon after we arrived at the observatory, another incredible sunset view presented itself on May 8. Though the Band of Venus wasn't visible, the deep red sunset cast a dramatic shadow of Cerro Paranal, ending the day on a picture-perfect note: