Clouds and Crosses over Haleakala

By: Wally Pacholka


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Haleakala National Park - USA

Date: 2014 March 27

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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day, this dreamlike panoramic view looks out over the 10,000 foot (3,055) summit of Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii. A cloud layer seeps over the volcanic caldera's edge with the Milky Way and starry night sky above. Head of the Northern Cross asterism, supergiant star Deneb lurks within the Milky Way's dust clouds and nebulae at the left. From there you can follow the arc of the Milky Way all the way to the stars of the more compact Southern Cross, just above the horizon at the far right. Bright Saturn is near the top right of the frame, with red giant Antares below it and left, closer to the Milky Way's central bulge. Need some help identifying the stars? Click on the constellation icon above the image. Wally Pacholka,

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