(via APOD: 2012 December 15)
When Gemini Sends Stars to Paranal
Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard (Los Cielos de America), TWAN
The ESO, the darkened skies over Paranal Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Very Large Telescopes (VLT - big buildings in the middle), the Auxiliary Telescopes (for VLT interferometry - short ones that don’t look like they have hoods), and the new VLT Survey Telescope (looks like a mini-VLT on the right), all combine to make a great foreground for a shot of the Geminid meteor shower.
This multi-exposure, long-shutter (20 seconds) composite points toward the constellation Gemini, so the meteor are streaking very obviously from their radiant. Jupiter is the bright ball on the left, with Orion obvious above it, and the faint trail of the Milky Way in the middle.