© Julien Girard 2011 www.djulik.com
This is a 15-second exposure taken on September 4, 2011 while showing the view from the VISTA telescope to a visitor. I took it at the end of the twilight so that both the landscape and the star will show up nicely without manipulation and on a single shot (no HDR or such things). The milky way appears as a vertical plume exhaled from the mount Paranal "volcano" (it is not a volcano). I named it Mars 2099 because this may be how a man conquered Mars would look like in 2099, with road and strange station buildings.
ESO Picture of the week: