Long exposure photos of stars at night are nice, but when you add the telescopes that study those stars, they become and incredible mixture of nature and man-made objects.

This photo was created by combining 450 individual 20-second exposure photos over a two hour period. The buildings you see are part of the Very Large Telescope—real name—in Chile's Atacama Desert. The telescopes rotate throughout the night as they track stars.

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If you can't stand to go another day without this photo on your computer, you can download desktop wallpaper of the above image. [Space via Popular Science]


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