Cosmic Motion above Magic Telescopes

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: 2011 August 30


In a starry night of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the Canary island of La Palma, stars move over one of a pair of 17 meter diameter, multi-mirrored MAGIC telescopes. In this surreal view stars are also reflected on the mirror of the telescope. The MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov) telescope is intended to observe gamma rays indirectly by detecting brief flashes of optical light, called Cherenkov light. In the beginning of the video note bright planet Jupiter, the V-shaped face of Taurus Turaus, the Bull, and the Pleiades star cluster over the telescope. In the last part of the Video note the rising cone-shaped glow of the Zodiacal Light (sunlight reflection from dust in the Solar System plane) right before the morning lights. See a colorful startrail image resulted from this sequence of photos. Babak Tafreshi/

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