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Milky Way Shines over Snowy La Silla | by European Southern Observatory
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Milky Way Shines over Snowy La Silla

In the outskirts of the Atacama Desert, far from the light-polluted cities of northern Chile, the skies are pitch-black after sunset. Such dark skies allow some of the best astronomical observing to take place — and at an altitude of 2400 metres, ESO’s La Silla Observatory has an incredibly clear view of the night sky. However, even such a remote, high, and dry location cannot always escape the weather that sometimes comes with the winter months, when blankets of snow can cover the mountain peak and its telescope domes.


A photo done by ESO Photo Ambassador: José Francisco Salgado



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Taken on May 13, 2013