Monday, May 30, 2011

Amazing Video of the Milky Way Over the VLT

This is some of the most dramatic time-lapse that I have ever seen. It shows off the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) under an awe inspiring vista of the heart of our own Milky Way Galaxy.  The VLT is composed of four 8.2-meter telescopes.  During the video you can see an occasional yellowish line of light shining up from one of the domes.  That is the light of a laser guide star system that is employed for adaptive optics, a process that allows astronomers to get super sharp images from ground-based telescopes.

Click here for a direct link, be sure to watch it in HD.

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