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"A drop of ink on the luminous sky"

13 Feb 2013, 18:27 UTC
"A drop of ink on the luminous sky"
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Wide Field Imager snaps cosmic gecko

This image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows the bright star cluster NGC 6520 and its neighbour, the strange gecko-shaped dark cloud Barnard 86. This cosmic pair is set against millions of glowing stars from the brightest part of the Milky Way — a region so dense with stars that barely any dark sky is seen across the picture.

This part of the constellation of Sagittarius (T [...]

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