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Gordel van Venus

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Gordel van Venus


Explanation:

Scroll right and
enjoy this 180 degree panorama across the
South African Astronomical
Observatory's
hilltop
Sutherland observing station.

Featured are
SAAO
telescope
domes and buildings, along
with the dark, wedge-shaped shadow of planet Earth stretching into
the distance, bounded above by the delicately
colored antitwilight arch.

Visible along the antisunward horizon
at sunrise
(or sunset),
the pinkish
antitwilight arch
is also known as the Belt of Venus.

In order, the significant structures from left to right house;
the giant SALT 11-meter instrument,
the internet telescope
MONET,
the 1.9 meter Radcliffe,
the 1.0 meter Elizabeth,
a 0.75 meter reflector,
a 0.5 meter reflector,
a garage,
YSTAR,
BiSON,
ACT,
IRSF (open),
and a storage building.

(Note to SAAO fans: in this view the planet-hunter
SuperWASP south
is hidden behind the IRSF.)




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