Panorama of the celestial night sky in southwest New Mexico
December 8, 2013 - A 360 degree panorama taken in the pre-dawn hours from the Painted Pony Resort in southwest New Mexico. Visible in this image, from left to right: Arcturus just on the treetop. The zodiacal light rising up from the east. Red Mars embedded in the zodiacal light below Leo. The Milky Way from Puppis and Canis Major at left arching up and across the sky down into Perseus at right. Sirius the brightest star. Orion setting over the main house. Jupiter, the bright object at top centre in Gemini. Aldebaran and the Pleiades setting right of the main house in Taurus. Polaris over the smaller house at right. The Big Dipper pointing to Polaris at upper right. A green glow along the northern horizon above the smaller house that may be some aurora (there was a good display this night from northern latitudes) or may be intense airglow. Green and red bands throughout the sky are airglow. Bands of high cloud also permeate the sky adding natural glows around the stars
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Milky Way, zodiacal light and other celestial objects from summit of Gila National Wilderness
A 160 degree panorama showing the zodiacal light (at right in the west), the Milky Way, the zodiacal band across the frame at top, and the Gegenschein (a brightening of the zodiacal band at left of frame in the east in Leo). Along the Milky Way are dark lanes of interstellar dust, particularly in Taurus above and to the right of Orion. Red nebulae of glowing gas also lie along the Milky Way, such as Barnardas Loop around Orion.
The zodiacal light, zodiacal band and Gegenschein all lie along the ecliptic, as do Mars, Venus and Jupiter shown here.
Orion is at centre, in the south, with Canis Major and the bright star Sirius below and to the left of Orion. Canopus is just setting on the southern horizon at centre.
To the right of Orion is Taurus and the Pleiades star cluster at the top of the zodiacal light pyramid.
Venus is the bright object in the zodiacal light at right, in the west, while fainter Mars is below Venus.
At far right, in the northwest, is the Andromeda Galaxy, M31.
Jupiter is the bright object at upper left, in the east, in the zodiacal band, and near the Beehive star cluster.
The zodiacal light, zodiacal band and and Gegenschein are caused by sunlight reflecting off cometary and meteoric dust in the inner solar system. The Gegenschein, or counterglow, can be seen with the naked eye but is a subtle and diffuse brightening of the sky in the spot opposite the Sun. It is caused by sunlight reflecting directly back from comet dust, with the effect greatest at the point opposite the Sun.
Glows on the horizon are from distant SIlver City, Las Cruces and El Paso. The brighter sky at right is from the last vestiges of evening twilight. Some green and red airglow bands also permeate the sky.
This image photographed March 10, 2015 from the summit of Highway 15 through the Gila National Wilderness north of Silver City, in New Mexico, from an altitude of 7900 feet. The panorama takes in 160A° of sky from the western (right) to the east (left) and from below the horizon to past the zenith point overhead. It is a stitch, with PTGui software, of 5 segments, each consisting of 2 stacked 3-minute exposures, at f/3.5 with the 15mm full-frame fish-eye lens, on the Canon 5D Mark II at ISO 1600. The camera was on the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer tracker, so the stars are sharp but the ground is slightly blurred. This version is re-rendered to be more rectangular and less fish-eye in appearance from the original, though in doing so is cropped somewhat
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The Month of April, c.1400 (fresco) 9see also 498154)
ALI75564 The Month of April, c.1400 (fresco) 9see also 498154) by Bohemian School, (15th century); Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento, Italy; (add.info.: The fresco of the Cycle of the Months at Torre Aquila in Trento's Buonconsiglio Castle represents a unique expression of late Gothic European art; commissioned by Bishop George of Liechtenstein in the 1400s, the fresco depicts the lives of medieval aristocracy and peasantry throughout the course of a year; ); Alinari
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