Laser-Zapping Telescopes Have Never Looked So Amazing

We've showed you the Paranal Observatory's laser-guided telescopes before, but never in gorgeous HD motion, replete with clear stars and deftly swiveling machinery. This is definitely one you're going to want to watch fullscreen.

It's a bizarre sight: the super-futuristic observatory sticking out on the barren Chilean ground. It's like what the moon may be, someday far from now. But this is Chile, not the moon! They make wine here. Wine, and stunning looks at the dark sky, with blazing beams of laser light poking through. [Vimeo]

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