The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope is one of the tools used by European Southern Observatory to peer beyond the realm of visible light. Clusters of white penitentes -- thin spikes of hardened snow or ice -- can be seen in the foreground. Photo by ESO Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi
A Place to Unveil the Mysteries of the Cold Universe. This beautiful panoramic picture taken by Babak Tafreshi, an ESO Photo Ambassador, shows the last rays of sunlight bathing the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile’s Atacama region. The plateau is the home of the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope, which can be seen on the left of the panorama. From this remote place on Earth, 5000 metres above sea level, APEX studies the “cold Universe”.
ESO Photo Ambassador, Babak Tafreshi has taken another outstanding panoramic photograph of ESO’s Paranal Observatory. In the foreground is the dramatic, mountainous landscape of the Atacama Desert. On the left, on the highest peak, is the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT), and in front of it, on a slightly lower peak, is the VISTA telescope (Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy).
King of the Cosmos - This image transports you to the most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory in the world: the Very Large Telescope (VLT), located at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1626a/ Credit: P. Horálek/ESO
Babak Tafreshi, one of the ESO Photo Ambassadors, has captured a curious phenomenon on the Chajnantor plateau, the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA). These bizarre ice and snow formations are known as penitentes (Spanish for “penitents”). They are illuminated by the light of the Moon, which is visible on the right on the photograph. On the left, higher in the sky, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds can be faintly seen. Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)