River of Stars, River of Sand

This beautiful photograph, taken by ESO Photo AmbassadorPetr Horálek, shows a wonderful contrast between past and present. It was taken near one of ESO’s observing facilities in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the driest places on Earth. The waterless riverbed in the foreground stands completely at odds with the dynamic and breathtaking “river” of the Milky Way streaking overhead. Although one flow has dried up, the other continues to surge with cosmological revelations. Upon the arid, dry planes of the Atacama, ESO has designed and built the world’s most productive observatory.

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About the Image

Id:atacama-dry-river
Type:Photographic
Release date:4 February 2021, 06:00
Size:13107 x 9483 px

About the Object

Name:Chile
Type:Unspecified : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Milky Way
Category:Chile

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