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Astronomy Photo(s) of the Day: 5/25/14 – The ESO’s New Stunning Portraits

Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi
Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi

This captivating image boasts many different features. First and foremost, we have the La Silla Observatory; a stargazing facility found on the outskirts of the Atacama desert (in Chile). Above La Silla, we see the prominent, beautifully-colored bands of the Milky Way.

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Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi
Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi

In this image, we see La Silla from a different vantage point; through a fish-eye lens. Also pictured (albeit more subtly) are the Danish 1.54-meter telescope (seen in the center, from the 6 o’clock position), the 3.58-meter New Technology Telescope, the ESO 3.6-meter telescope (located at about 11 o’clock), along with the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope (this tool can be seen in the 12 o’clock position).

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Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi
Image Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi

Lastly, we have an image that needs little introduction. Here, we see Christoph Malin – the photo ambassador of the ESO – gazing into infinity, with photography equipment on hand. 

From this distant, secluded location, nature gave Malin all the tools he needed to produce this stunning piece of work, which is particularly notable for the crimsom-tinged coloring of the night sky.

Malin utilized his talents as a part of the ESO’s “Ultra HD Expedition;” a project that aims to capture the scenery surrounding all three of the ESO’s Chilean observatories.

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The images you’re looking at here are merely three images in a collection of time-lapse videos released by the ESO, You can see more of them here

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