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Echinopsis Atacamensis and the Milky Way

The winding road connecting the ALMA Operation Support Facility at 3,000m altitude to the Array Operation Site (5,000m high) passes an area between 3500m and 3800m dominated by large cacti (Echinopsis Atacamensis). These cacti grow on average 1cm per year, and reach heights of up to 9m.

Stephane Guisard recently captured the beautiful sky above this unique location in the Chilean Atacama Desert. The Milky Way is seen in all its glory, as well as, in the lower right, the Large Magellanic Cloud. 

Credit:

ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

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About the Image

Id:milky-way-cactus
Type:Photographic
Release date:4 April 2011, 15:00
Related announcements:ann11015
Size:4368 x 2912 px

About the Object

Name:Chajnantor
Type:• Milky Way : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Milky Way
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - ALMA

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