Micropoetry – Taken (4)

This  panoramic photograph, taken by Alexandre Santerne, shows an insider’s  view of the disc of the Milky Way, our home galaxy, as well as a cold  winter’s night, with a sprinkling of snow at ESO’s La Silla Observatory  in Chile. From our vantage point within it, the disc of the Milky Way  appears as a sparkling ribbon of stars stretching across the sky. In  this panorama, the Milky Way is distorted into an arc by the wide-angle  projection. Peeking  over the hill on the left of this photo is the ESO 3.6-metre telescope,  home to the world's foremost exoplanet hunter, HARPS (the High Accuracy  Radial velocity Planet Searcher). On the far right is the Swiss  1.2-metre Leonhard Euler Telescope, built and operated by the Geneva  Observatory. There  are a number of reasons why La Silla is such an ideal location for  observing the night sky in general, and the Milky Way in particular.  Firstly, it’s located in the southern hemisphere, giving us a better  view of the richer central region of the galaxy, and secondly, it’s  located far from light and urban pollution, at an altitude of 2400  metres above sea level, making the nights dark and the atmosphere clear. Alexandre submitted this photograph to the Your ESO Pictures Flickr group.  The Flickr group is regularly reviewed and the best photos are selected  to be featured in our popular Picture of the Week series, or in our  gallery. Since submitting the photo, Alexandre has also become an ESO Photo Ambassador. Links  This photograph, with annotations, on Alexandre Santerne’s Flickr photostream Alexandre Santerne’s Flickr photostream The “Your ESO Pictures” Flickr group The "Your ESO Pictures" announcement ESO Photo Ambassadors

Micropoetry – Taken (4)

A window opens

Onto the aching

Midnight sea

I lie and watch

The stars in heaven

With you

And ecstasy

Has taken flight

© Ann Bagnall and AnnieB222.com, 2015.

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