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The Milky Way within reach

Each of us was sometimes dreaming about how it would be within reach with the Milky Way. There are many ancient legends speaking about Milky Way as a sky part of river on the Earth, smoke of souls moving towards a gods or even bride’s veil. Along the cultures, the Milky Way was such a…
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Southern ways

When you travel from south to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, the highway leads you across the mountainous part of the Atacama desert. Staying about 55 km (32 miles) south from Chajnantor Plaetau, home of the ALMA observatory, you can spot the summit of the volcano Miñiques. Surrounded by very slightly illuminated clouds by the…
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Green nomad rises, with current and future giants

In late March 2016, the green comet 252P LINEAR and its fragment P/2016 BA14 made fifth closest approach to Earth of all comets in history. Even if the comet itself was not such bright to make the people easily enjoy it – due to its nucleus’ diameter – it brought a wonderful composition with the…
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From Gegenschein to False dawn

From Gegenschein to False dawn

Zodiacal light is one of the most prominent “unsolicited” lights in the sky, if speaking about deep sky observation at professional astronomical sites such as ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. But the light in the night sky is caused by one of the structures of the Solar System that is curently being studied a…
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Amazed by Chilean sky and green comet

Amazed by Chilean sky and green comet

I was totally amazed by this moment, so I took a picture of that. The illuminated dome of the Residencia at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile produces no light pollution to impede the work of the telescopes. Above, the magical arc of the Milky Way spans the sky. Green hue and orange stripes are colors…
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The galactic shot

The dome of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the ESO’s Paranal observatory is hiding one of the most scientifically productive instrument of the world. Pointing it’s powerful beam in the sky, it feels like the astronomers are somehow trying to communicate with potential extraterrestrial forms of life. But no, this beam has another, very…
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The Lone Ear … Really?

What a boring image, right? Well, it’s colorful, it has the Milky Way and the dominant subject is astronomical instrument. The reflective plate is, in fact, the Swedish-ESO Submilimetre Telescope at the southern part of the large complex of La Silla Observatory. It suppossed to be antenna observing the Universe in sub-millimetre wavelenghts, which would…
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