Paranal's landscape

This panorama view of the amazing Paranal landscape also includes a fascinating atmospheric phenomenon. In the centre of the image, sitting above the rocky terrain, is what appears to be a small rainbow. This is called a glory, and it is caused when sunlight scatters off tiny droplets of water in the atmosphere. Glories appear at a point directly opposite the position of the Sun, so are only visible at sunrise or sunset.

Credit:

ESO/C. Malin

About the Image

Id:malin-pan
Type:Photographic
Release date:18 May 2013, 15:08
Size:21857 x 2948 px
Field of View:300° x 80°

About the Object

Name:Panorama, Very Large Telescope
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:Paranal

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