The galactic curtain over Paranal

The galactic curtain over Paranal

Over the horizon of ESO Paranal Observatory platform, located in altitude of 2635 metres, the bright Moon 3 days after new-moon phase is close by Saturn (left up) and Mercury (more distant left bottom). Colors of dusk are still prominent but the zodiacal light visibly appears. The whole scene is horizontaly split bit by brightest part of the Milky Way, under which it seems the day says goodbye while above that the sky is as dark as Chilean skies are. In this cosmic curtain, you can spot many nebulae such as the Lagoon, Cat’s Paw, Trifid, but also lot of dark interstellar matter. The wonderful view appeared on 20th November 2017 and the very small person’s silhouette close by VLT/Antu dome is Chilean journalist Hernán Julio. Used Canon 6D Baader IR modified, Takumar 50mm/f2.0, ISO 6400, 23×8 seconds panorama from tripod.