Fantastic Mr Fox

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.

This image was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Malte Tewes and submitted to the Your ESO Pictures Flickr group. The Flickr group is regularly reviewed and the best photos are selected to be featured in our popular Picture of the Week series, or in our gallery.

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Id:potw1406a
Language:en-au
Type:Photographic
Release date:10 February 2014, 10:00
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Name:La Silla, Swiss 1.2-metre Leonhard Euler Telescope
Type:• Unspecified
• X - La Silla

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