Sunday, April 22, 2012


Canyonlands is one of the best places in Utah--
make that the American southwest--
to view stars.
Dry weather, open spaces, high elevation,
and above all very little light pollution.
We were lucky enough to be out there during new moon phase,
which gave us optimal star gazing.
The milky way showed up very clearly,
along with every constellation in the spring sky.
My camera isn't very well suited for night photos,
since the maximum shutter opening is 15 seconds,
but I did get this terrific horizon view
of Airport Tower and a shining evening planet
(Venus, I think)
with the last glow of post-sunset light.

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