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Big telescopes, there are the observatories in Hawaii and in Chile, of course.

But there's a huge, advanced telescope located in the Greece, atop Mount Helmos at an altitude of 2,340 meters. In fact, it's an operating ski resort, so you can observe the skies between runs down he mountain.

This is the 2.3-meter Aristarchos Telescope, and it's part of the Helmos Observatory. If you're unfamiliar with the name, Aristarchus was one of the fathers of modern astronomy, and the first to put the Sun at the center of the Solar System, and not the Earth.

Stavros captured this image with a Nikon D7000, and used a special tracking mount to capture a 68 second exposure.

 
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