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A Milky Way Dawn
Babak Tafreshi [ Profile | Gallery ]
Location: Cerro Paranal, Chile
Date: 2014 March 27

A full circle image made with an 8mm lens on a full frame DSLR camera, 80 seconds exposure at f4, tracked at 1/2 speed (starscape mode) on Vixen Polarie mount. While dawn broke on 2014 March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon, shines very near the crescent Moon. Cut by dust lanes and charged with clouds of stars and glowing nebulae, the center of our galaxy sprawls across the darker zenith even as the deep blue sky grows brighter and buildings still glint in moonlight. Babak Tafreshi, ESO,