La Silla Paranal Observatory News

The page contains important news and events of the La Silla Paranal Observatory. It also covers some important telescope and instruments news from the La Silla, Paranal and APEX sites.

Paranal News

The section provides information and news from the Paranal Site. Older news from Paranal prior to 2005 can be found in the Previous News page.


Photo G. Hüdepohl


Photo G. Hüdepohl


  • July 2, 2007: recoating of M1 of UT1 successfully completed
  • March 8, 2007: recoating of M2 of UT2 successfully completed
  • January 2007: AT4 commissioned and accepted for operations


  • December 5, 2006: UT2 recoating of M1/M3 completed
  • September 5, 2006: UT4 recoating of M1/M3 completed
  • May 12, 2006: First recoating of M2 of UT1 successfully completed



  • August 1st, 2007: HAWKI: First Light of the instrument mounted at UT4.
  • April 1st, 2007: AMBER: start of Science Operation with 3 ATs. Fringe tracking with FINITO is availabe to visitor mode PIs
  • April 1st, 2007: CRIRES: start of Science Operation
  • April 7, 2007: FORS1 CCD upgrade completed
  • March 25, 2007: First light for MAD, the multi-conjugate adaptive optics demonstrator
  • March 13, 2007: SINFONI: first commissioning with LGS completed
  • March 8, 2007: Installation of new FLAMES FACB guiding TCCDs completed
  • January 2007: NACO: first commissioning with LGS completed


  • December 18, 2006: LGSF successfully commissioned
  • December 5, 2006: Installation of new UVES slit viewers TCCDs completed
  • October 31, 2006: DAZLE visitor instrument succesfully commissioned on UT3
  • October 29, 2006: Launch Telescope of LGSF successfully re-installed
  • June 2006: commissioning of CRIRES at UT1 started
  • April 2006: CRIRES AO system (MACAO) installed and commissioned at UT1
  • January 28, 2006: first light of the Laser Guide Star Facility LGSF at UT4

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