Galactic Center Illuminates Cerro Tololo’s Blanco 4-Meter Telescope

The Milky Way arches high over the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. The Blanco 4-meter telescope began operating in 1976, providing astronomers with a world-class observatory in the southern hemisphere, and it continues to produce cutting-edge science. The Blanco is currently equipped with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), a state-of-the-art 500-megapixel camera which completed the five-year Dark Energy Survey in early 2019. DECam continues with an expanded mission and is providing astronomers with a powerful tool for studying dark energy, exoplanets and more.

Credit:

CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/D. Munizaga

About the Image

Id:iotw2002a
Type:Nightscape
Release date:Jan. 8, 2020, 3 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2020
Size:4452 x 5488 px

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Category:Cerro Tololo

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