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Planets and Observatory in Twilight

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: 2015 Oct 6

Morning breaks on the Roque de Los Muchachos observatory, on La Palma, Canary Islands. The ecliptic is marked by three planets and the Moon (near the twin heads, Castor & Pollux in Gemini). Venus is in the center, Jupiter is right at the tip of a MAGIC telescope and fainter Mars is directly above Jupiter. The pair of 17-meter multi-mirrored telescopes observe gamma rays indirectly by detecting brief flashes of optical light, called Cherenkov light. On the far back the William Herschel Telescope is beaming a green laser to high atmosphere for its adaptive optics system that aims to remove atmospheric blurring from star images. Tunc Tezel

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