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Vega over Andes

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

 

Region: Americas

Site: Chajnantor - Chile

Date: November 2011

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This impressive moonlit panorama of Andes highlights the majestic Licancabur, an iconic volcano at the border of Chile and Bolivia reaching 5920 meters high. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a closer view of the scene. An icy forest of penitentes cluster in the foreground. The penitentes are a curious natural phenomenon found in high-altitude regions. They are thin spikes of hardened snow or ice, with sharp edges pointing towards the Sun, reaching heights from a few centimeters up to several meters. In the background sky, the blue-white prominent star on the left is Vega. The rest of constellation Lyra is also framed in this part of the image. Vega is publicly very known as it is frequently featured in works of science fiction. Babak Tafreshi, Dreamview.net

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