Three planets dance over La Silla (annotated)

This image was taken by ESO photo ambassador Yuri Beletsky, who had the chance to spot this spectacular view of a planetary syzygy, also a triple near-conjunction, from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile on Sunday 26 May. Above the round domes of the telescopes, three of the planets in our Solar System — Jupiter (top), Venus (lower left), and Mercury (lower right) — are revealed, engaged in their cosmic dance.

Credit:

Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO

About the Image

Id:potw1322b
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 June 2013, 10:00
Size:3000 x 2091 px

About the Object

Name:Jupiter, La Silla, Mercury, Venus
Type:• Solar System : Planet
• Solar System : Sky Phenomenon
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory
• X - Solar System
• X - La Silla

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