This short time-lapse video has captured the beginning of a night in the Cerro Paranal in Chile. The two bright objects in the lower left are planets Mercury and Venus (brighter). Mercury is most often too close to the sun to be easily seen in the sky and in this view it sets before the sky gets dark. Note the changing color of the setting Venus near the horizon.
This astronomer paradise in the barren Atacama Desert is home to some of the world's leading telescopes. Operated by the European Southern Observatory (eso.org) the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on Paranal, composed of four 8 m telescopes which can combine their light to make a giant telescope by interferometry. What captured here are three of the smaller auxiliary telescopes each 1.8 m which are important part of the VLT interferometer. This footage is made during an imaging expedition to Paranal assigned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). All rights reserved by Babak Tafreshi (email@example.com) of The World at Night (TWAN) program.
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