Astrophoto: Deep Sky Treasury

by Nancy Atkinson on November 12, 2012

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The view of the Paranal Observatory: Credit: ESO/Babak Tafreshi

A new image captures the stunning view of the night sky over ESO’s Paranal Observatory, with a treasury of deep-sky objects. The image was taken by Babak Tafreshi, an astronomer, journalist and director of The World at Night (TWAN).

It shows the Carina Nebula, glowing intensely red in the middle of the image. Below Carina is the the Wishing Well Cluster (NGC 3532); then to the right is the Lambda Centauri Nebula (IC 2944) – which is also called the Running Chicken Nebula. Above this nebula and slightly to the left is the Southern Pleiades (IC 2632), an open cluster of stars that is similar to its more familiar northern namesake.

In the foreground, is three of the four Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI).

See more information about this image from ESO.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

danangel November 13, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Are the night skies that much prettier in the southern hemisphere? I would love to see this in person, but thank you for showing it. I wont likely ever make it there.

Benjamin Sullivan November 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I live in Australia, but have lived in the US before. The stars are beautiful from both countries just different especially noticable is seeing different craters on the Moon.

newSteveZodiac November 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

What is especially noticable is the moon is upside down!

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