Panoramic view of Lake Como, a lake of glacial origin located in Lombardy, Italy. With 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi) it is the third largest in the country, and is over 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, one of the deepest in Europe. The area is a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times.
In mid-August 2010 ESO Photo Ambassador Yuri Beletsky snapped this amazing photo at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. A group of astronomers were observing the centre of the Milky Way using the laser guide star facility at Yepun, one of the four Unit Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). (POTD)