Night at Paranal Observatory

Looking south from the Paranal Residencia, when the very first light of dawn starts to appear on the horizon. On the left side of the picture is the Milky Way, where the Coal Sack dark nebula and the reddish Carina Nebula are clearly distinguishable. Towards the right edge, the Large Magellanic Cloud is also visible. The white 35-metre dome of the Paranal Residencia is at the bottom of the picture, the only visible feature of this almost completely hidden building. The Residencia is light-insulated, in order to avoid any escape of artificial light during night hours. The dome is covered by an umbrella-shaped blackout curtain which automatically closes at sunset and opens at sunrise.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:paranal-7704
Type:Photographic
Release date:2 August 2010, 15:54
Size:2912 x 4368 px

About the Object

Name:Paranal
Type:• Solar System : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Paranal

Image Formats

JPEG grande
6.0 MB
Screensize JPEG
681.3 KB

Zoomable


Wallpapers

1024x768
436.2 KB
1280x1024
716.7 KB
1600x1200
1.0 MB
1920x1200
1.2 MB
2048x1536
1.7 MB

 

Also see our