This giant telescope is on the edge of the driest nonpolar desert on Earth. What’s it called?

[5-7-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: This giant telescope is on the edge of the driest nonpolar desert on Earth. What’s it called?

The given options are:

  • Atacama
  • Sahara
  • Rub’ al Khali

Correct Answer: Atacama

Fact: Commonly called the driest place globally, Chile’s Atacama Desert has an average rainfall of about 0.6 inches per year, although some locations receive as little as 0.04 to 0.12 inches a year. High elevation, clear skies, and virtually no light pollution make this an ideal location for La Silla Observatory, one of the largest observatories in the Southern Hemisphere. The Atacama Desert is a desert plateau in South America covering a 1,600 km strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes Mountains. The Atacama Desert is the driest nonpolar desert in the world and the only true desert to receive less precipitation than the polar deserts, and the largest fog desert in the world.


All three questions from today’s Bing Homepage Quiz are below. You can find their answers by visiting those pages.

  1. This giant telescope is on the edge of the driest nonpolar desert on Earth. What’s it called?
  2. What are the only two planets in our solar system without moons?
  3. What color is the sunset on Mars?

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