This image is composed of six fisheye images digitally stitched together and reprojected. The images were taken on the 1st of April 2011. The moon and Venus had risen just two hours before sunrise. Most land-based objects appear as shadows apart from the control building and the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), an array of six radio telescopes of which five were in a compact 367 metre configuration. With stereographic projection the Milky Way appears to be “spurting” out from opposite sides of the “planet” like the jets of a black hole, also visible are the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds. Using Mercator projection the image the Milky Way looks like a giant arch, the moon, Venus and the magellanic clouds are clearly visible too.

Geoplanet Photos of the ATCA - Part II

1 April 2011