Mounted image 142: A Lunar Eclipse from Paranal
This panorama shows Cerro Paranal in the Chilean Atacama Desert, home of ESO's Very Large Telescope, during the total lunar eclipse of 21 December 2010. The reddish disc of the Moon is seen on the right, while the Milky Way arches across the heavens. The glow surrounding the brilliant planet Venus in the bottom left is zodiacal light, produced by sunlight reflecting off dust in the plane of the Solar System. It is so faint that it is normally obscured by moonlight or light pollution.