Early evening can be a time when all elements come into perfect harmony. Moonlight, twilight, starlight, and distant city lights can combine in a perfect moment:
The sky in this view provides many visual treats such as star clusters, jet contrails, and a couple of satellites. The long camera exposure has made the first quarter moon (half illuminated) appear as a round beacon in the sky. See the panorama footnotes for more information.
Thank You for Viewing!
At this time of year, I find a renewed fascination with things celestial, and I hope you find this Christmas offering to be more than dots in the sky and sage on the ground. I very much appreciate all of you who subscribe to these mailings and take a moment out your busy days to view these panoramas. I enjoy receiving your posts and emails, and try to answer them all (I’m sure I miss some).
Utah has many great areas from which to view the night sky. This panorama was made between Kanab and Lake Powell. The opened panorama text will contain a link to a second panorama with constellations labeled:
Whatever holiday you might observe, I hope for you the very best.
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.