Night at the Ridge

By: Christoph Malin


Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: 2011 August 8

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In this nightscape view from La Palma, Canary Islands, the moon is captured moments before it sets (right), and the Milky Way shines beyond the passing clouds which are illuminated by light of the moon and the downhill towns at the coast. Clouds are formed in the Caldera de la Taburiente, a 10-km wide crater (with walls tower 2000m over the caldera floor) which dominates the northern part of the island. The caldera originated some 2 million years ago with a massive shield volcano. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see this scene few minutes earlier. See this scene in motion as part of The Island video by the photographer.

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