Night sky over an observatory

Night sky over an observatory

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Credit: EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Night sky over an observatory. The Moon (upper right), Venus (left) and Jupiter (lower right) shining in the night sky above the Paranal platform on Cerro Paranal mountain, Chile. This is the home of ESO's (European Southern Observatory) Very Large Telescope (VLT) array, the world's most advanced ground-based astronomical observatory. The reddish plane of the Milky Way can be seen on the horizon behind one of the 8.2-metre VLT Unit Telescopes, and a 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescope. The appearance of two or more celestial bodies this close to each other in the sky is known as a conjunction.

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