Traveling west from the town of Delta, Utah one will find……. well, not much, which makes it perfect for a clear view of the night sky:
This view is from the (almost) dry lake bed of Sevier Lake, one of those spots that can be rather eerie at night.
The Silver Island Mountains, just north of the Bonneville Salt Flats, at night (well, almost night):
The opening view of this panorama features a bright band of light which extends up and intersects the Milky Way. This is the Zodiacal Light, which is not the porch light of a palm reader, but illuminated dust and debris in our solar system which is concentrated along the same plane as the planets orbiting our sun. A link below the panorama tells more about this phenomenon.
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In winter there is a lot of, well…… dark. In the sparsely populated western regions of Utah this dark is well preserved:
This panorama contains several interesting sky features which are detailed in the text beneath the panorama. I hope you enjoy it.
In early autumn of 2010, the planet Jupiter was the dominant feature in the eastern sky, and as I shot this, I felt it might be an offering fit for Christmas. From the opening southern view in this panorama, panning or moving to the east (left) along the horizon will bring you to a very prominent “star”, which is Jupiter. The lower left corner of the screen will contain a link to a second panorama which has various celestial objects labeled:
Utah has many excellent dark sky areas. This panorama was created on the dry Sevier Lake bed. The sky glow to the northeast, amplified in this long exposure, is from the town of Delta.