Galactic backlighting

In this view are visible Yepun (UT4) and Melipal (UT3), two of the four Unit Telescopes of the VLT complex at Cerro Paranal, with the illuminated background of the galactic centre. Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is easily recognisable in the night sky as a "fuzzy cloud" during winter months in the Southern hemisphere. Its centre is located roughly 30 000 light-years away, looking toward the Scorpius and Sagittarius constellations.

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ESO/F. Char

About the Image

Id:vlt_backlighting-cc
Type:Photographic
Release date:23 March 2012, 14:10
Size:4272 x 2848 px

About the Object

Name:Very Large Telescope
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
Category:Paranal

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