Milky Way over Paranal observatory, Chile

Milky Way over Paranal observatory, Chile

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Milky Way over Paranal observatory. Arm of the Milky Way over the telescope array of the Cerro Paranal observatory in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The central bulge of the Milky Way, in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius is at top left. Saturn is the brightest point (upper right) next to the yellow-red star Antares located at the heart of Scorpio. Lower in the sky are the two bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri, with the Southern Cross (Crux) next to the Coalsack dark nebula, and the Carina Nebula right above the mountain. At lower left the Large Magellanic Cloud is visible on the horizon.

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