Antofagasta at first light

Antofagasta at first light

Pictured from the Raddison hotel

This hazy skyline is Antofagasta from the south end of the city. The tall costal ridge meets the sea and in between there is the city.

Antofagasta is a city over 1000 km north of Santiago and the closest city with an airport to the Paranal Observatory. The city is in a very dry environment and gets most of its water from a desalination plant which removes salt from seawater.

After meeting the local geologist last night and discussing the plan for the trials the advance team will head up to the Paranal observatory.

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