Dramatic Moonset

As the full Moon sets, the Sun is about to rise on the opposite horizon. The VLT telescopes have already been closed after a long night of observations. Contrary to what one may think, this picture is no montage. It was taken from about 14 km away, with a 500-mm lens. The choice of the right perspective makes the Moon appear very large in relation to the VLT platform. Additionally, the flattening effect of the long focal length, combined with the extraordinary quality of the picture, gives the impression that the Moon leans on the top of the telescopes, even though it is in fact about 30 000 times further away.

Credit:

G. Gillet / ESO

About the Image

Id:gordon-gillet_2
Type:Photographic
Release date:27 April 2010, 11:58
Size:3345 x 2184 px

About the Object

Name:Paranal, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Solar System

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