Night Hides a World But Reveals a Universe

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Africa

Site: Turkana - Kenya

Date: November 2013

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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, Night Hides A World But Reveals a Universe." A Persian proverb. The Milky Way and planet Venus in the evening twilight over Lake Turkana, northern Kenya. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see this scene without the landscape, that gives a better sense for the title. Venus appears almost like a grand supernova exploding in the central bulge of the galaxy. Venus was almost aligned with the galactic center in Sagittarius that night (2 degrees, lower left of Venus), though with the physical distance of over 25,000 light years! To the left of Venus is the bright Sagittarius Star Cloud and 4 degrees above Venus is the M8 or Lagoon nebula appearing in red. Babak Tafreshi,

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