Paranal sky with comet

The illuminated dome of the Residencia at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile produces no light pollution to impede the work of the telescopes. Above, the magical arc of the Milky Way spans the sky. To the left, near the horizon, is the comet 252P/LINEAR, which made only its fifth closest approach to the Earth in recorded history on 22–23 March 2016. This wonderful image was taken during ESO's Fulldome Expedition to Chile, a team of photographers collecting spectacular images for use in planetarium presentations.

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About the Image

Id:ann16023a
Type:Photographic
Release date:5 April 2016, 16:00
Related announcements:ann16023
Size:20079 x 12756 px

About the Object

Name:Paranal Residencia
Type:Milky Way : Galaxy
Local Universe : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Milky Way
Milky Way
Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Paranal

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