Amazing view from Armazones

Amazing view from Armazones

Amazing view from Armazones

In this view over Atacama Desert, there is so much to see. The arch of majestic Milky Way is accompanied with two largest planets of the Solar System – Jupiter (brightest object) and Saturn (fainter, left way under the Milky Way’s bulge). Whole sky is covered by structured airglow of hydroxyl emission, coming from south, where the two Magellanic Clouds are hidden in the atmospheric phenomenon. What is probably even more exciting, is the place where the image was taken: Cerro Armazones, the site of future world’s biggest telescope, the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). In fact, the stony „sea“ around is relic of the summit, which was blasted off back in 2014 to create the base for the huge instrument. Closer look to the valley (just below the Milky Way’s center) can reveal the shadow of the Armazones’ summit as the image was taken during faint moonlit (Moon was just 3 days after the New Moon phase). If you look for an observatory, there is one – the summit on the right edge of the image is Cerro Paranal, base of Very Large Telescope system. And perhaps you can see a small meteor above Omega Centauri cluster. Actually, it is not a meteor bit tip of sodium laser coming from the Paranal Observatory. As I said – there is so much to see… Captured on 5th July 2019, used Canon 6D (modified), Samyang 24 mm, f2.8, ISO 10000, 35 single shots from tripod stitched to panorama.