Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/19/15 — Milky Way Over Bolivia

In a stunning image by Xiaohua Zhao, the heart of the Milky Way galaxy is projected onto the surface of Earth by a thin layer of water that stretches farther than the eye can see—wherein the universe and our planet are one and the same.

Taken from a Bolivian Salt Flat—the largest in the world, called Salar de Uyuni—a stargazer stands in the center of the frame, seemingly walking on water. Of course, this is just an illusion. Salt flats, which contain salt and various other reflective minerals, are very, very shallow when water is present. This particular one encompasses 4,086 square miles (10,582 square kilometers), and—coupled with Bolivia’s dark skies—is especially beautiful at night.

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Image Credit: Xiaohua Zhao

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A little bit about Juana Azurdy:

‘Juana Azurduy Bermudez (July 12, 1780 or 1781 - May 25, 1862) was a South American guerrilla military leader.

Upon their return they raised an army and joined in the fighting in the area. She fought a guerrilla style war against the Spanish from 1809 to 1825.[5] On March 8, 1816, her forces captured temporarily the Cerro Rico of Potosí, the main source of Spanish silver, also leading a cavalry charge that resulted in the capturing of the enemy standard. For these actions she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on August 16, 1816, by Juan Martín de Pueyrredón, the Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata at Buenos Aires. 

At the highest point of her control, she commanded an army with an estimated strength of 6,000 men.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juana_Azurduy_de_Padilla

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Licancabur, South America.

The image below shows a lenticular cloud above Licancabur volcano, located on the border between Chile and Bolivia.

The volcano, whose name means “Mountain of the People”, stands over 5km high, and has not erupted in a major event for 500-1000 years, and extensive Inca ruins have been found on the summit.

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Image; Hugo Machado