Las Campanas Observatory
The Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory.
Las Campanas Observatory is an observatory at an altitude of 2,300 meters on Cerro Las Campanas, 100 kilometers northeast of La Serena, Chile, which was founded in 1971 and is owned and operated by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC. It is home to the twin Magellan Telescopes, the 2.5-meter Irénée du Pont Telescope, opened in 1976, and the 1-meter Swope Telescope, opened in 1971. The clear, dark skies here, and at the neighboring La Silla Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, offer excellent seeing unsurpassed anywhere on Earth.
The Magellan Telescopes are twin 6.5-meter (21.3-foot) telescopes, jointly owned and operated by the Carnegie Institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Universities of Arizona, Harvard, and Michigan. The first telescope, named after Walter Baade, began scientific operation in February 2001. The second telescope, named after Landon Clay, saw first light in September 2002.