ALMA in Zodiacal Light


ALMA and the centre of the Milky Way

Image Credit & Copyright: ESO/B. Tafreshi.

What a stunning quality image by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) photographer, Babak Tafreshi. Six of the sixty-six massive radio antennas that make up the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array or “ALMA” radio observatory can be seen in this image but as stunning as ALMA is, it’s the night sky that steals the show in this image.

The Milky Way traces through the night sky with incredible detail while the zodiacal light can be seen cutting across the image in the opposite direction forming sort of an “X” with the center on the galaxy. As usual in high quality Milky Way images, that massive dust land along the plane catches your eye while just below center is the red supergiant Antares “The Heart of the Scorpion.” Continue heading down in the direction of the bottom left corner, not too far from Antares is the faint…

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