Atacama`s Cloudy Night

By: Yuri Beletsky

 

Region: Americas

Site: Atacama Desert - Chile

Date: July 2013

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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, storm clouds do sometimes come to Atacama desert, known as the driest place on Earth. These washed through the night sky in this panoramic view captured during the winter season. Drifting between are cosmic clouds more welcome by the region's astronomical residents though, including dark dust clouds in silhouette against the crowded starfields and nebulae of the central Milky Way. Below and right of center lies the Large Magellanic Cloud, appropriately named for its appearance in starry southern skies. City lights about 200 kilometers distant still glow along the horizon at the right, while bright star Canopus shines above them in the cloudy sky. Yuri Beletsky

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