<p>The sun’s rays graze the very top of the <a href="http://www.apex-telescope.org/">Atacama Pathfinder Experiment</a> (APEX) telescope, located in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The 12-meter telescope images very cold gas and dust in the Milky Way and other galaxies.</p>

Lens Flare

The sun’s rays graze the very top of the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope, located in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The 12-meter telescope images very cold gas and dust in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

photo by Carlos A. Durán

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