As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day and National Geographic News; this evocative night skyscape a starry band of the Milky Way climbs over Yosemite Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, planet Earth. Jupiter is the brightest celestial beacon on the wintry scene, though. Standing nearly opposite the Sun in the constellation Taurus, the wandering planet joins yellowish Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. Below, Orion always comes up sideways over a fence of mountains. And from there the twin stars of Gemini rise just across the Milky Way. As this peaceful winter night began, they followed Auriga the charioteer, its alpha star Capella near the top of the frame. © Wally Pacholka



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  • Steve Bilanow Reply

    I am guessing that this photo was taken the night of December 13 (during a lull in the Geminid shower) because I see the asteroid Vesta right where I spotted it that night. I think I can also pick out Ceres. Nice image!

    December 26, 2012 at 1:52 am
  • watermelonpunch Reply


    December 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm
  • sandra cherubini Reply

    E in principio Dio creò il Cielo e la Terra….(Gen. 1,1)

    January 5, 2013 at 1:45 am

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