December 25, 2012

On the road to Carina

This rugged road through the dark Atacama Desert seems to lead skyward toward the bright stars and glowing nebulae of the southern Milky Way. If you follow the road you will get to Cerro Armazones peak in Chile, future construction site for the 40-meter class European Extremely Large Telescope. The scene is dominated by the reddish glow of the Carina Nebula, one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions. In fact, the remarkable skyscape is not a composite of varying exposures or a photomontage. Far from sources of light pollution, the landscape illuminated by starlight and the Milky Way above were recorded by a modified digital camera and fast lens. The sensitive system captured both planet Earth and deep sky in a relatively short exposure.

Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi
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  1. Acabo de ver EN EL CAMINO DE CARINA...subyugante. No puedo descarga Google earth, pero tengo este blog. Cómo agradecerlo? La única palabra que hay en español es GRACIAS

  2. i would love to look threw the lends of the telescope that ther going to put there.