This time-exposure image of startrails (formed by the Earth rotation) include southern stars rotating around the south celestial pole, over astronomers residency, built under the surface, in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile, like a human base on another planet.

Cerro Paranal is home to the Very Large Telescope (VLT); an array of optical telescopes operated by ESO, the European Southern Observatory. The VLT consist of four telescopes with main mirrors of 8.2m diameter, which are generally used separately but can be used together to achieve very high angular resolution.



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