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Southern hemisphere eclipse. Observing the Universe

Southern hemisphere eclipse. Observing the Universe

This stunning panoramic photo was taken the night of September 27-28, 2015 at the Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory. This observatory, operated by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is located in the Andes Mountains of the Atacama Region, in Chile. We owe this magnificent photo to astronomer Yuri Beletsky, a great fan of astrophotography.

The image offers us an eclipse with the Red Moon, a phenomenon that is spectacular even always seen, especially in places with skies as clean as those in the Chilean Atacama desert. In the photo you can also see the domes of the Magallanes twin telescopes, 6.5 meters, in addition to the Milky Way. But what is most striking is the reddish moon at the time of the total phase of the eclipse.

Andromeda galaxy can also be seen below the Moon, which looks like a small spot on the horizon lights. This beautiful snapshot is completed by the Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way satellite galaxies, which appear on the far left of the photo.

The Las Campanas observatory, in Chile, has ideal dark conditions for astronomical observation. At the observatory, the Carnegie Institution has the Irenée du Pont reflector telescopes, 2.5 meters in diameter, and the Swope, 1 meter in diameter. Together with the Universities of Arizona, Michigan, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it also has two Magellan reflector telescopes, with mirrors of 6.5 meters in diameter each.

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