Moonset 24 Aug 2009
The diminishing glow of the setting Moon increases the contrast of the disk of our galaxy, The Milky Way, in this 30-sec exposure. Similar to a sunset, scattering in the atmosphere makes the moonlight redder as seen here not only on the Moon itself but on the light reflected off the Very Large Telescope (VLT). Also visible, Jupiter and the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds (SMC and LMC). Paranal Observatory, Atacama Desert, Chile.
© 2009 José Francisco Salgado, PhD