Gaz­ing up at the south­ern sky

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

Look­ing up at the marvel­lous views of the south­ern sky is the lonely, re­tired Swedish-ESO Sub­mil­lime­tre Tele­scope (SEST). Si­t­u­ated in the dry land of the Ata­cama Desert in Chile, SEST seems to blindly gaze at the heav­ens it once knew so well be­fore it was de­com­mis­sioned in 2003.

Snaking above it is the dusty path of the Milky

Way, boast­ing a spec­tac­u­lar ar­ray of shin­ing stars of dif­fer­ent colours. Hid­den amongst them are count­less stel­lar in­fants in the process of be­ing formed, creat­ing new points of light for as­tronomers - and even as­tropho­tog­ra­phers - to later ex­plore.

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