Milky Way Over Piton de l'Eau

Reply Mon 25 Jun, 2012 10:26 am
2012 June 25
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Milky Way Over Piton de l'Eau
Image Credit & Copyright: Luc Perrot

Explanation: Sometimes, if you wait long enough for a clear and moonless night, the stars will come out with a vengeance. One such occasion occurred earlier this month at the Piton de l'Eau on Reunion Island. In the foreground, surrounded by bushes and trees, lies a water filled volcanic crater serenely reflecting starlight. A careful inspection near the image center will locate Piton des Neiges, the highest peak on the island, situated several kilometers away. In the background, high above the lake, shines the light of hundreds of stars, most of which are within 100 light years, right in our stellar neighborhood. Far is the distance, arching majestically overhead, is the central band of our home Milky Way Galaxy, shining by the light of millions of stars each located typically thousands of light years away. The astrophotographer reports waiting for nearly two years for the sky and clouds to be just right to get the above shot.




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Region Philbis
Reply Mon 25 Jun, 2012 10:54 am


Reply Mon 25 Jun, 2012 11:30 am
@Region Philbis,
double wow!!
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Joe Nation
Reply Mon 25 Jun, 2012 11:45 am

Until about 100 years ago, this was all we knew of the universe.

Joe(maybe we should have shut our eyes)Nation
Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 10:45 am
@Joe Nation,
2012 August 1
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The Milky Way Over Monument Valley
Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN)

Explanation: You don't have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arch across the sky like this -- but it helps. Only at Monument Valley USA would you see a picturesque foreground that includes these iconic rock peaks called buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water has eroded away the surrounding soft rock. In the above image taken about two months ago, the closest butte on the left and the butte to its right are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte can be seen just further to the right. High overhead stretches a band of diffuse light that is the central disk of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. The band of the Milky Way can be spotted by almost anyone on almost any clear night when far enough from a city and surrounding bright lights.


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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 10:56 am
Yeah, but there's things science just cannot expalin . . . like how come everybody, all over the world, knows that scorpios are assholes?
Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 10:59 am
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