Back in September, we featured a panorama of the salt flats in Utah’s West Desert. The panorama below was created in exactly the same spot, but an hour later:
Sometimes one hour can make all the difference! The green glow along the horizon is not from any aurora (which I still have never seen!), but from distant city lights. From the opening view, if one rotates left to the orange glow on the horizon and then looks up a ways, the Andromeda Galaxy can be seen as a very small horizontal smudge below the Milky Way.
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.