Artists Palette Under Stars
Naturally dark night sky appears above the Artists Palette formation with colors made from oxidation of different metals, in the Death Valley National Park. The setting moon on the opposite horizon shines on the hills. Constellations Orion, Gemini, Auriga, Perseus, and Taurus (and Pleiades star cluster) are on the right half (east). The north star Polaris and the rest of constellation Ursa Minor (Little Dipper) is on the left. Near top-right is the little green halo of Comet Wirtanen 46P which was passing near Earth.
Other than being one of the hottest places in the world, the park is also home to high mountains and striking desert geological landforms. Only a few hours drive from both Las Vegas and LA, it is a designated International Dark Sky Park, where its natural night environment is protected from light pollution.