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Starry Night of Monument Valley

By: Wally Pacholka

 

Region: Americas

Site: Monument Valley - USA

Date: December 2007

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, this view from Monument Valley, a well-known site in the USA, includes a picturesque foreground of famous buttes. Familiar as the backdrop for many American western movies, the buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water has eroded away the surrounding soft rock. The planet Mars is at the left of the skyscape, a glowing beacon of orange that is the brightest object in the frame. To the right of Mars lies the constellation of Orion. The bright blue star Rigel appears above Merrick Butte in this stunning view of The World At Night. Wally Pacholka/Astropics.com.

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