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  • Who: University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory

  • What: Highest astronomical observatory

  • Where: Chile

The highest astronomical observatory is the University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory, located at an altitude of 5,640 m (18,503 ft) on the summit of Cerro Chajnantor in a scientific reserve called Atacama Astronomical Park, Chile. The observatory houses a 1-m (3 ft 3.37 in) infrared telescope called miniTAO, which saw first light on 23 March 2009.


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