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Sky Panorama Over Lake Salda

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Lake Salda - Turkey

Date: 2009 March 16

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day the starry sky appeared shine above Lake Salda in southwestern Turkey. In this night sky panorama, rocky sand covers the foreground, while building lights are visible across the lake. Looking up, the stars of Orion lie just ahead, while Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, appears to Orion's left. To Orion's right, just above the horizon, lies the Pleiades open star cluster. Arching across the sky is the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. High in the center, the stars Castor and Pollux are visible. Lake Salda is famous partly for its blue color that is slightly discernible even in this night-time image. Tunc Tezel

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