The Ojo de Dios, or God’s Eye, is a votive device used by throughout Latin America used as a talisman for both protection and veneration.
The phrase immediately popped into mind when we came across this image from the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory, a remarkable multi-government telescope located at three sites high in the dry, largely cloudless, Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth.
Backed by the governments of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and Chile, the ESO hosts a wide array of telescopes, including one officially named the Extremely Large Telescope [a planned Overwhelmingly Large Telescope proved too costly].
Which brings us to the image [click on to enlarge]:
VISTA’s look at the Helix Nebula