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Monument Valley Planetarium View

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Americas

Site: Monument Valley - USA

Date: 2012 May 20

The starry sky above the iconic Monument Valley in Arizona-Utah border is photographed in an all-sky fisheye view. In the sky the Milky Way is curved around the eastern horizon as it rising over the desert landscape. Bright star Arcturus is the brightest point overhead. The faint band of zodiacal light (reflected sunlight from dust in the Solar System plane) is stretched from the western horizon to the Milky Way. Two planets appear along the band. Mars is the red spot on the right (in constellation Leo) and Saturn is the brightest point over the south (in Virgo). Added by the photographer: "The view is made of 35 pictures that I took with a 24 mm lens. The full size picture is a 200 megapixel monster that resolves many deep-sky objects when zoomed." Explore around and zoom into this scene by viewing the virtual reality animation. Tunc Tezel

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