Pictured is a dark Chilean sky filled with spectacular star trails, caused by the Earth’s rotation during the camera’s long exposure time. Underneath these dramatic streaks lies the Paranal Residencia, a four-storey building that has the majority of its structure buried underground.
Since the contruction of the Residencia was completed in 2002, it has offered refuge to the the staff, engineers, scientists and visitors to ESO’s Very Large Telescope, located at Paranal Observatory.
In 2008, the Residencia was selected as the setting for the final battle in the 2008 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.
Image credit: John Colosimo (colosimophotography.com)/ESO