Cerro Paranal

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

Cerro Paranal
Paranal camp
Highest point
Elevation2,635 m (8,645 ft)
Coordinates24°37′38″S 70°24′17″W
LocationAtacama Desert, northern Chile
Parent rangeChilean Coast Range


  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.
  3. "Zodiacal Light". www.eso.org. Retrieved 19 November 2009.

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