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Milky Way over VLT telescopes

Milky Way over VLT telescopes

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BABAK TAFRESHI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BABAK TAFRESHI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Milky Way over VLT telescopes. Dawn view of nebulae and stars of the southern Milky Way over three of the auxiliary telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile's Atacama Desert. The bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri are near the horizon, below the Southern Cross (Crux) constellation. At lower centre is the Carina Nebula (pink). The two brightest stars are Sirius (top left) and Canopus (upper right). The Large Magellanic Cloud is at far centre right. Operated by the ESO (European Southern Observatory), the VLT interferometer, one of the most powerful telescopes in the world, is located on Cerro Paranal at an altitude of 2600 metres.

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