This is one of the most spectacular sunsets I ever saw while working at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

The Atacama Desert is extremely dry, but clouds do show up sometimes. That day there were several dark clouds releasing very light rain that vaporised before reaching the ground. These wispy veils (called "virga") were lit by the golden sunset light, creating a lovely contrast with the blue sky above.

#astronomy #astrophotography

@astro_jcm Can you see the Milky Way from there with the naked eye? Not sure if the pictures I've seen are just fancy photography or my new life goal. ✨

@Zayre Yes! It doesn't look as colourful and bright as in long exposure shots, because our eyes are not very good at capturing colour at night. But it's still an impressive sight.


@astro_jcm Thanks for confirming, Juan Carlos! It's going right to the top of my to-do list. 📝❤️✨

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