Image Credit: ESO

This stunning image was taken overlooking the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) Array on the outskirts of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

The first thing you’ll notice is the incredible red glow of the Carina Nebula, seen near the middle of the image. This nebula is found in the constellation of Carina and is located about 7,500 light years from Earth.

Directly below the Carina Nebula is the bright fuzzy blob of stars known as the Wishing Well Cluster. To the right you’ll see a half blue/half red portion of sky– the Running Chicken Nebula can be found in the brighter (and red) section. It was named as such because of its supposed resemblance to a running chicken. Even a little further to the right, you’ll see a small open cluster of stars known as the Southern Pleiades. Not to be confused with the Pleiades star cluster found in the northern hemisphere.

See a larger image here.


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