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Sky above La Palma in Virtual Reality

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: 2011 May 3

Let this Virtual Reality flash video load and you will find yourself in a starry night on top of La Palma in Canary Islands. In an ideal natural dark night, the faint glow of Zodiacal Light (sunlight reflected and forward scattered by dust in the plane of the Solar System) is detectable as a complete band across the sky from near the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, where some of the world's largest telescopes are situated. Dark starry sky is an essential beauty of our natural environment but it is also astronomically important. See this scene in an all-sky image. Tunc Tezel

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