Villarrica Volcano and Alpha Centauri

March 21, 2024


Photographer: Gabriel Muñoz  
Summary Author: Gabriel Muñoz  

As viewed here seemingly perched atop the simmering Villarrica Volcano (9,341 ft or 2,847 m) in Chile, Alpha Centauri is the closest stellar system to the Sun. It's the 3rd brightest star in the night sky. Alpha Centauri is bright because it's nearby, lying approximately 4.36 light-years away in the constellation of Centaurus. Photo taken on December 28, 2023.

Photo Details: Canon RP camera; EF70/200; f4; ISO 3200; 3.2 seconds exposure.

Villarrica Volcano, Chile, Coordinates: -39.4210,-71.9396

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