15 Photos That Prove Chile's Atacama Desert Is the Most Beautiful at Night

The stunning Milky Way above the antennas at the ALMA Observatory | © European Southern Observatory / Flickr
The stunning Milky Way above the antennas at the ALMA Observatory | © European Southern Observatory / Flickr
Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world, and in the heart of this wonderful terrain is San Pedro de Atacama, where you can sit back and relax in between trips to Valle de la Luna, Geysers El Tatio, or Lagunas Altiplanicas. Due to its high altitude, virtually non-existent clouds, dry air and lack of pollution, Atacama is one of the best places in the world to stargaze. Take a look at these pictures and watch how the desert becomes more beautiful as the sun sets and it descends into night.

Watch the Sunset

Ojos de Salar © European Southern Observatory/flickr
San Pedro de Atacama © Marcin Kurek / Shutterstock
Salar © Helder Geraldo Ribeiro / Shutterstock

Take in the Incredible Hues

Full moon and Lejía volcano © A. Duarte / Flickr
Valle de la Luna © Arnaud Dorange/flickr
Sunset pixabay

Enjoy the Peace

Gaze up at the Sky

The stunning Milky Way above the antennas at the ALMA Observatory © European Southern Observatory / Flickr
This gorgeous photograph, taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile, shows star trails circling the South Celestial Pole, over a cacti-dominated still landscape. The star trails show the apparent path of the stars in the sky as the Earth slowly rotates, and are captured by taking long-exposure shots. A final deeper exposure was superimposed over the magnificent trails, revealing many more, fainter stars and, just rising above the horizon, the southern Milky Way, with its patches of dark dust and the well-known pinkish glow of the Carina Nebula. Towards the right, the satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, the Large (top-centre) and Small (bottom-right) Magellanic Clouds, can also be seen.
Cosmic Fireball © European Southern Observatory/flickr

Be Hypnotised by its Beauty

ESO’s La Silla Observatory © European Southern Observatory/flickr