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A Spectacular Sky Over the Grand Tetons

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A Spectacular Sky Over the Grand Tetons


Explanation:
Behold the breathtaking beauty of Earth and sky together.

In the foreground is the
Teton Mountain Range of
Wyoming,
USA.

The Grand Tetons are a relatively isolated set of high peaks that are part of the
Rocky Mountains.

On the far left, vast clouds of
bright stars and dark dust
are visible in the nearly vertical plane of our
Milky Way Galaxy.

Our Galactic Plane appears to
crash into the Tetons, but is actually far more distant.

On the left, just to the left of the southernmost
Teton peak, the planet
Jupiter is visible.

Near the image center is the bright star
Arcturus.

Scrolling
to the far right will bring over the familiar
asterism of the
Big Dipper.

Last month it took five images, later digitally fused, to capture the
majesty of this panoramic view.




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