Mounted image 150: Another Perfect Day at Paranal
Rolling red hills stretch out below the exceptionally clear blue sky that is typical of ESO's Paranal Observatory. The flattened mountaintop of Cerro Paranal is home to the ESO Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced ground-based optical and near infrared astronomical facility. To the right, the sea of clouds that typically covers the coast of the Pacific Ocean — only 12 km away — is visible in the background.
ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)