The Messenger Astronomical News
Report on the ESO Workshop “The La Silla Observatory — From Inauguration to the Future”
No. 179 (March 2020), 36–40
This five-day workshop celebrated the achievements of ESO’s first observatory, La Silla, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. La Silla, officially inaugurated on 25 March 1969, was the culmination of the vision of European astronomers to create a major observatory in the southern hemisphere. In the following decades, La Silla served as a testbed enabling the development of scientific, technical and operational expertise in the European astronomical community, establishing communication channels with the public at large, and working to increase interaction and collaboration with the host country Chile as well as with other astronomical facilities in the Andes mountains. Today, La Silla continues to serve as a superb site hosting the ESO 3.6-metre and NTT telescopes, as well as a number of community-led experiments.
Cite this article:
I. Saviane, B. Leibundgut, L. Schmidtobreick; Report on the ESO Workshop "The La Silla Observatory — From Inauguration to the Future". The Messenger 179 (March 2020): 36–40. https://doi.org/10.18727/0722-6691/5192