| New instrument at the Very Large Telescope allows
three-dimensional astronomical observations with a precision never achieved before.
Scientists from MPE, ESO, and NOVA celebrate the successfull startup
of their new instrument, SINFONI, which will allow the study of the universe
with unequalled definition and in three dimensions.
The "Spectrograph for Integral Field Observation in the Near Infrared":
SINFONI, is the first equipment of its kind permanently installed on a large
and modern telescope. On the night of July 9, 2004, the detector of
SINFONI received the first light from the southern skies from its new
position on Yepun, which
is one of the four 8,2 meter telescopes of the ESO Very Large Telescope,
located in the Chilean Atacama desert. With adaptive optics, SINFONI
can provides a new level of image detail, while its spectrometer
the incoming light into more than 2000 spectra. The first views of the
Galactic Center and of distant galaxies, located
several billions of light-years away, gave a taste of how SINFONI will
contribute further to the study of the universe.
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