Exciting sodium

A laser guide star pierces the sky, exciting sodium atoms high in the atmosphere in order to create an artificial "star" that helps astronomers to counteract atmospheric distortions.

Credit:

ESO/C. Malin

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About the Image

Id:malin_4783
Type:Photographic
Release date:12 April 2013, 10:39
Size:4256 x 2832 px

About the Object

Name:Laser Guide Star, Very Large Telescope
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - Paranal

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