Paranal, February 2014, second shift

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Belt of Venus

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

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Just after sunset, you can usually see a dark band above the horizon with a red band of colour above it. This is the shadow of the Earth on the atmosphere, with the last of the daylight scattering off the dust in the air higher up. It's sometimes called the Belt of Venus.

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Large Magellanic Cloud

Thursday, February 27th 2014

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The Magellanic Clouds are satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. Mapuche mythology says that today there is a large one and a small one, but there used to be three large ones. One disappeared, one is on the way out, and the third one is still complete for now, but when it too runs out, the universe will end.

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