Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

[ser-oh tuh-loh-loh; Spanish ser-raw taw-law-law]
noun
an astronomical observatory in the Chilean Andes having a 156-inch (4-meter) reflecting telescope.
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cerro tololo inter-american observatory

astronomicalastronomical observatory founded in 1965 in Chile as the southern branch of the Kitt Peak National Observatory. It is located on top of two mountains, Cerro Tololo, which is 7,200 feet (2,200 metres) high, and Cerro Pachon, which is 8,900 feet (2,700 metres) high; both mountains are about 285 miles (460 km) north of Santiago and 50 miles (80 km) inland from the coastal city of La Serena. It is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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