Location of Photo:
Cerro Paranal (ESO VLT), Chile (2500m)
Date/Time of photo:
20 Jan. 21h30 local time
Canon ESO 350D, 18mm zoom @f/3,5, 72s @1600 ISO
The display of Comet McNaught from Paranal Observatory (VLT/ESO) was fantastic during the dark time between Jan 17 and Jan 21. This picture has been taken from the telescopes plateform on Jan 20, a few minutes before the comet was going to set on the Pacific Ocean. That day the Moon was in conjonction with Venus (just set) and the tail of the comet. Two of the "small" Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs), part of the VLTI (the VLT interferometer), are visible as well as the rails they are moving on.