Felipe Mac Auliffe
Location of Photo:
San Pedro de Atacama, North of Chile
Date/Time of photo:
Nikon d70s on tripod with AF-S Nikkor at 27 mm with remote shutter release
On February 1st 2008, an outstanding view of Jupiter and Venus half a degree apart took place in the morning sky, one hour before sunrise. At the top the Moon is visible and to the lower left the Likancabur vulcano is shown. I took this image from the control base of the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), which is a 12-m radiotelescope operating at the Chajnantor plateau. The antennas visible in this picture are the ones that communicates via microwaves to the telescope allowing remote control of the telescope from the control base.