About the Telescopes

TERRA tells the story behind the flagship CELESTE images. Located on the highest, coldest peaks around the world are sensitive optical telescopes that stare unblinkingly into the heavens. The telescopes* themselves are as much a marvel as the images they produce and represent the astonishing technological progress science has made. 

In capturing the glistening domes of humanity's most sensitive eye into the cosmos, we sought to capture the remarkable beauty we are privy to here on Earth. While CELESTE opens a gateway into the majesty of the Universe, TERRA reminds us that for every sun is a sunset. 

* = These telescopes are operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) and NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF).