The Greater Dog from Paranal

Starry night on the winding road leading to Cerro Paranal, home to ESO’s Very Large Telescope. 

The bright star standing out on the top part of the image to the left is Sirius, the brightest star of the night sky. Sirius belongs to the constellation of Canis Major, or the Greater Dog, of which it represents the neck. In this image, other stars of the constellation are visible, with the dog’s head to the left of Sirius and the three, almost aligned stars to its right representing its hind leg. The other bright star, in the right part of the image, is Canopus, belonging to the constellation of Carina, the Keel.

Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

About the Image

Id:yb_big_dog_paranal_cc
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:20
Size:3888 x 3126 px

About the Object

Name:Sirius, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Main Sequence
• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - Stars

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