January 18, 2017

Fox and Swiss 1.2-metre Leonhard Euler Telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory

Fox and Swiss 1.2-metre Leonhard Euler Telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory

Perched precariously on the edge of the habitable world, life manages to cling on. On the outskirts of the hot, dry Atacama Desert, this hardy South American grey fox has just awoken, stretching leisurely. These foxes are generally active during the night, making the most of the drop in temperature that comes with a respite from the hot Chilean Sun.

In the background there are other signs of life. This white dome houses the Swiss 1.2-metre Leonhard Euler Telescope, which is protected from the harsh conditions by its outer shell. As the skies grow darker at ESO’s La Silla Observatory another famously nocturnal species, the astronomer, wakes up, stretches, and gets ready to scan the skies with buzzing and whirring technology.

Image Credit: ESO/M. Tewes
Explanation from: https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1406a/

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