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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/20/2014 – Winter in Yosemite National Park

Jolene CreightonJanuary 20th 2014
Image via NASA
Image via NASA

This incredible image depicts vibrant celestial scene over Yosemite National Park, which is blanketed with the effects of winter.

In the sky, the faint band you see is the Milky Way’s dust lane. The brightest object is Jupiter, the starring effect which is present as an artifact of the camera taking the picture adds to the splendor of the scene. The third star-point (counting clockwise from the noon position) conveniently points towards the Hyades star cluster, directly below and to the left of which is the star Aldebaran (which I always call Alderaan for obvious reasons). Almost directly below these two objects, near the mountain, you can see the constellation Orion, within which you can make out the Orion Nebula (just to the right of Orion’s Belt).

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