A milky arc over Paranal

Another clear night at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile — perfect for sitting back and taking in the sight of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Many of us living in living in crowded, light-polluted cities no longer get to see our cosmic home in such detail.

We now know this stunning view to be our home galaxy, but the Ancient Greeks thought that it was the work of the Gods. Their legends told that this cloudy streak across the sky was really the breast milk of Hera, wife of Zeus. The Ancient Greeks are also to thank for the name “Milky Way”. The Hellenistic phrase Γαλαξίας κύκλος, pronounced galaxias kyklos, means “milky circle”, and provides the root for our modern name.

This 360 degree panorama image was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Gabriel Brammer. An astronomer visiting Paranal can be seen standing towards the right hand side of this image admiring the view.

Links

Kilde:

ESO/G. Brammer

Om bildet

ID:potw1411a
Type:Foto
Publiseringsdato:17. mars 2014 10:00
Størrelse:18000 x 6925 px
Field of View:360° x 138.5°

Om objektet

Navn:Cerro Paranal, Milky Way, Paranal
Type:Milky Way : Cosmology
Kategori:360 Panorama
Paranal

Bildeformater

Stor JPEG
27,6 MB
Medium JPEG
126,0 KB

Zoombart


Skrivebordsbakgrunner

1024x768
251,4 KB
1280x1024
419,7 KB
1600x1200
612,0 KB
1920x1200
726,0 KB
2048x1536
974,2 KB