The sky above Cerro Paranal
For two years, astronomer Henning Avenhaus has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Santiago, Chile, studying protoplanetary disks and planet formation. During this time, he several times had the opportunity to work at ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Cerro Paranal. But besides sitting in the control room in front of the computer screen analysing what the elaborate instrument detected, the researcher also walked out to look up at the magnificent sky and take photographs with his own DSLR camera. “Photography is an excellent way for me to relax, sometimes almost like meditation”, he says. The result is a fascinating series of images.