Night Sky:  The Stars of San Pedro, Atacama (Las estrellas de San Pedro de Atacama)

Night Sky: The Stars of San Pedro, Atacama (Las estrellas de San Pedro de Atacama)

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have for the first time found that the outer region of a dusty disc encircling a brown dwarf contains millimetre-sized solid grains like those found in denser discs around newborn stars. The surprising finding challenges theories of how rocky, Earth-scale planets form, and suggests that rocky planets may be even more common in the Universe than expected.

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have for the first time found that the outer region of a dusty disc encircling a brown dwarf contains millimetre-sized solid grains like those found in denser discs around newborn stars. The surprising finding challenges theories of how rocky, Earth-scale planets form, and suggests that rocky planets may be even more common in the Universe than expected.

Astronomers Zooming In on Alien "Earth-Sized" Planet System  A new observatory still under construction has given astronomers a major breakthrough in understanding a nearby planetary system that can provide valuable clues about how such systems form and evolve. The scientists used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover that planets orbiting the star Fomalhaut must be much smaller than originally thought.

Astronomers Zooming In on Alien "Earth-Sized" Planet System A new observatory still under construction has given astronomers a major breakthrough in understanding a nearby planetary system that can provide valuable clues about how such systems form and evolve. The scientists used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover that planets orbiting the star Fomalhaut must be much smaller than originally thought.

A new image from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile shows a beautiful view of clouds of cosmic dust in the region of Orion. The image shows the region around the reflection nebula NGC 1999 in visible light, with the APEX observations overlaid in brilliant orange tones that seem to set the dark clouds on fire. - Credit: ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./Digitized Sky Survey 2

A new image from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile shows a beautiful view of clouds of cosmic dust in the region of Orion. The image shows the region around the reflection nebula NGC 1999 in visible light, with the APEX observations overlaid in brilliant orange tones that seem to set the dark clouds on fire. - Credit: ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./Digitized Sky Survey 2

This rugged road through the dark Atacama Desert seems to lead skyward toward the bright stars and glowing nebulae of the southern Milky Way.

This rugged road through the dark Atacama Desert seems to lead skyward toward the bright stars and glowing nebulae of the southern Milky Way.

World's top 10 best things to do in the dark (with your clothes on). Stargazing at the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of them.  http://www.smh.com.au/travel/activity/great-outdoors/worlds-top-10-best-things-to-do-in-the-dark-with-your-clothes-on-20140409-36cxj.html#ixzz2z1HzJl8W

World's top 10 best things to do in the dark (with your clothes on). Stargazing at the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of them. http://www.smh.com.au/travel/activity/great-outdoors/worlds-top-10-best-things-to-do-in-the-dark-with-your-clothes-on-20140409-36cxj.html#ixzz2z1HzJl8W

the night sky

the night sky

Starry skies over one of my favourite places, San Pedro de Atacama. A dreamy timelapse...

Starry skies over one of my favourite places, San Pedro de Atacama. A dreamy timelapse...

This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky.It was observed by the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile. The large bright cloud in the upper right of the image is the well-known Orion Nebula, also called Messier 42.  Image: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2 [high-resolution]

This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky.It was observed by the ESO-operated Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile. The large bright cloud in the upper right of the image is the well-known Orion Nebula, also called Messier 42. Image: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2 [high-resolution]

Volcán Licancabur, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile

Volcán Licancabur, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile

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