Early on the evening of March 14, 2012, I
shot this 10-segment all-sky panorama.
showing a variety of celestial objects and
phenomena. In addition to clouds being
lit by the waning light of sunset (as well
as light pollution domes along the horizon,
the "winter" Milky Way can be seen arching
across the sky from south to north.
In the west, the bright planets Venus and
Jupiter appear at their closest to each
other in the sky, and above them appears the
tiny star cluster known as the Pleiades or
the Seven Sisters. From the horizon up
through these planets and on toward the
Pleiades appears the ghostly glow of the
zodiacal light, backlit dust scattered along
the geometric planet of our solar system.
The planet Mars shines brightly on the
opposite side of the sky, just along the
base of Leo, the lion.
Date / Time:
Photo Details: Nikon
D700, AF-S Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G ED lens at
15mm, ISO 1600, 20 sec. at f/2.8
Processing Details: Lightroom
3.6, , Nik Dfine 2.0, PTGui Pro 9.1.3, Photoshop CS2
Location: Chena Hot Springs Resort,
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA