Penitentes

An icy forest of penitentes cluster in the foreground of this image. The penitentes are a curious natural phenomenon found in high-altitude regions and also in the Atacama desert, close to the ALMA observatory. They are thin spikes of hardened snow or ice, with sharp edges pointing towards the Sun, reaching heights from a few centimeters up to several metres.

Credit:

C. Duran/ESO

About the Image

Id:penitentes_chaj-cc
Type:Photographic
Release date:22 August 2014, 09:54
Size:3872 x 2592 px

About the Object

Name:Chajnantor
Type:Solar System : Planet : Feature : Surface
Category:ALMA

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