A Backdrop of Blue and Red

A colorful sunset and layers of blue mountaintops backdrops the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), a program of NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. Most prominent in the image is the 4.0-meter Victor Blanco telescope, which sits atop Cerro Tololo itself. The Cerro Tololo 1.5-meter and 0.9-meter telescopes, as well as a selection of CTIO’s tenant observatories, are scattered along the ridge. This location allows astronomers a stellar view of the southern night sky, providing access to objects not visible from the northern hemisphere, such as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and the center of the Milky Way.

Credit:

CTIO/NSF’s National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory/AURA/B. Tafreshi

About the Image

Id:iotw2014a
Type:Photographic
Release date:April 1, 2020, 3 a.m.
Size:5335 x 3001 px

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Category:Cerro Tololo

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