By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Americas

Site: Cerro Paranal - Chile

Date: October 2011


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Giant eyes on the Cerro Paranal Observatory in the barren Atacama Desert explore the worlds beyond. The bright central bulge of the Milky Way galaxy in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius approaches the western horizon in this single-exposure photograph. With its amazing dark, steady, and transparent sky, Paranal is home to some of the world's leading telescopes. Operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on Paranal, composed of four 8-meter telescopes and smaller auxiliary telescopes, each 1.8 m in aperture, which are photographed here and each is and essential elements of the VLT interferometer. See this view in motion and click on the constellation icon above the image to see a long-exposure star trail version of this image. Babak Tafreshi,

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