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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     "It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to photograph the entire Milky Way from a southern hemisphere location," says iReporter and New Mexico based physicist patcolestock.

    "My wife and I got that chance this year as we travelled to the high desert in northern Chile in winter to do so."

    "The skies there were stunning, and I got the image of a lifetime."

    "It is hard to overstate the impact of seeing our galaxy with such clarity, spanning horizon to horizon," he says.

    "We also visited ALMA, the new radio telescope at 15K feet, the highest we have ever been. It was a geek's dream vacation."
    - eoghan, CNN iReport producer

    It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to photograph the entire Milky Way from a southern hemisphere location. My wife and I got that chance this year as we travelled to the high desert in northern Chile in winter to do so. The skies there were stunning, and I got the image of a lifetime. We also visited ALMA, the new radio telescope at 15K feet, the highest we have ever been. It was a geek's dream vacation.
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