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18138820993460
ADY200546S

February 28, 2017 - The late winter evening zodiacal light from Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. The light is the glow from sunlight reflecting off cometary dust particles in the inner solar system. It is not an effect of twilight. It is best visible in the evening from northern latitudes in late winter and spring. Venus is just setting above the badlands landscape. The Andromeda Galaxy is at right, the Pleiades at left. The Milky Way runs across the frame at top.

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18138820363627
ADY200542S

September 5, 2017 - The winter stars and constellations at dawn from Alberta, Canada. Venus is the bright object at left in the morning twilght. Orion is at right, with Sirius just rising above the trees. The rest of the winter panorama of constellations are all there: Auriga at top, Taurus and the Pleiades at top right, and Gemini left of centre The Beehive star cluster in Cancer is above and right of Venus. Procyon is right of Venus. This illustrates how the winter stars can be seen even here even in what is officially still summer, before the autumn equinox, provide you get up very early! The nearly full moon is setting opposite this scene, providing some of the foreground illumination and shadows.

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18138820140623
ADY200541S

February 28, 2017 - A 360 degree panorama of the winter sky over Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. The Milky Way arches across the sky from south (left) to northeast (right). The zodiacal light stretches up from the western horizon at centre. The Gegenschein is faintly visible above the horizon at far left in Leo. Orion is left of centre; the Pleiades sit at the tip of the zodiacal light pyramid of light. The ground is lit only by starlight. No artificial illumination or light painting applied.

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18138819425703
ADY200539S

A 360 degree fish-eye scene of the winter sky taken in southern Alberta, Canada, with Orion rising into the southeast at bottom, and Venus bright as an evening star in the west at right. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast at upper left. The Milky Way runs across the sky from northwest where summer stars are setting to the southeast where the winter stars are rising. Sirius is just rising behind the distant trees at lower left. Overhead are the autumn constellations of Cassiopeia. Andromeda, and Perseus. Below centre is the Pleiades and stars of Taurus. Some faint zodiacal light is visible at right in the southwest, near Venus but competes with the haze and lights from towns to the west.

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18138819798622
ADY200540S

March 19, 2017 - A horizon-to-zenith panorama of the winter consellations as they set into the southwest, Alberta, Canada. Orion is at bottom centre, with his Belt pointing down to Canis Major and up to Taurus. Gemini and Auriga are at top, in this case near the zenith overhead. The bright star clusters, M44, the Beehive, (at left) and M45, the Pleiades, (at right) flank the Milky Way. M45 is embedded in the zodiacal light. The star clusters M35 in Gemini and M41 in Canis Major are also visible as diffuse spots, as are several other star clusters. A couple of satellite trails are visible.

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18138818766128
ADY200536S

February 28, 2017 - A 200+ degree panorama of the arch of the winter Milky Way, from south (left) to northwest (ar right) with the zodiacal light to the west at centre. This was from Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta, Canada.

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18138819284913
ADY200538S

February 28, 2017 - A 360 degree panorama of he winter sky and Milky Way at Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta, Canada, on a very clear night. The Milky Way stretches across the sky from south (bottom) to northwest (at top right). The zodiacal light stretches up from the horizon in the west at right, and can be traced faintly across the sky to the east (at left) where there is a dim glow of Gegenschein visible. The view is looking south and in this scene the galactic anti-centre is near the centre of the image. We are looking toward the outer edge of the Galaxy, to the outer spiral arms opposite the galactic centre in Sagittarus, visible in summer. Orion is at bottom centre, almost due south. North is at top.

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18138817089724
ADY200524S

The waning quarter moon, overexposed here, below the galactic centre as the Milky Way in Sagittarius and Scorpius rises in the east as seen from Australia, at latitude 32 degrees South. Some clouds are moving in. The sky is blue from the moonlight.

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18138817514753
ADY200528S

July 28, 2017 - The waxing 5-day-old crescent moon above Jupiter in the darkening twilight at Reesor Lake in the Cypress Hills of southeastern Alberta, Canada, in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Spica is the star at far left. The Sun has set at right at the end of the lake. Some pelicans swim in the reflected glow of twilight.

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18138816768492
ADY200521S

August 12/13, 2017 - Two bright Perseid meteors over the moonlit landscape of Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. The waning gibbous moon is off frame at right providing the illumination. Smoke in the air from forest fires provides the banding and haze in the sky. A faint aurora colorrs the horizon yellow-green. The meteors point back to the radiant point in Perseus. The Double Cluster is at centre; M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, is at right. Capella is low above the northeast horizon. Polaris is just above the upper meteor. The base image contains the sky and ground, and the meteor at upper left. The bright meteor at centre is from a later exposure, with its layer blended with Lighten mode and masked to reveal only the meteor, and rotated to align its sky to the base image sky, so the meteor is in the correct location with respect to the stars.

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18138817025709
ADY200523S

January 3, 2017 - Venus (brightest), Mars (between the moon and Venus), and the waxing crescent moon over a frosty scene in southern Alberta, Canada.

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18138816170352
ADY200516S

A trio of open star clusters in Norma and Triangulum Australe: NGC 6067 at upper left in Norma (aka the S Normae Cluster) and embedded in the Norma Star Cloud; NGC 6087 below centre in Norma; and NGC 6025, the Spiral Cluster in TrA. The field simulates a binocular field of view.

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18138815510486
ADY200514S

The tail of Scorpius, photographed with it high in the sky from Australia. The frame is oriented with the Milky Way running horizontally and the hook of the tail vertically. At right are the clusters and nebulas of the False Comet area around NGC 6124. At left are the red nebulas of NGC 6334, the Cat's Paw, and NGC 6357 (sometimes called the Lobster Nebula, for a Paws and Claws pairing). The cluster NGC 6124 is at right.

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18138814802792
ADY200512S

The Coal Sack dark nebula next to the Southern Cross framed with a 200mm telephoto lens. The scene includes the open star cluster, the Jewel Box (NGC 4755) at left of Beta Crucis (aka Becrux) at left, and the dimmer star clusters NGC 4609 (left of Acrux at bottom), Trumpler 20 (right of Becrux) and NGC 4349 (above Acrux).

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18138814438854
ADY200511S

October 22/23, 2016 - The stars of Taurus, including the Pleiades, rising above Mount Kerkeslin, with Capella and Auriga at top left. Castor and Pollux in Gemini are among the trees at lower left. The winter Milky Way runs from Capella down to Gemini. This is from the Athabasca Falls area, looking east over the river flats. High cloud added the natural star glows but also some sky discolouration. The rising Moon off frame is beginning to light the sky.

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18138812974674
ADY200501S

A 360 degree fish-eye panorama of the odd isolated auroral arc that has become known as Steve, here across the bottom as a pink and white band, across the south, with the main auroral oval to the north at top, with its more normal oxygen green arc and upper red and magenta tints, also from atomic oxygen. This demonstrates the relationship of the Steve arc to the main auroral oval, he is always equatorward of the main oval, and defines the southern limit of the display. Auroras are not seen south of the Steve arc. The Steve arc seems to be a thermal emission from hot flowing gas rather than from precipitating electrons. But his origin and nature is still mysterious. This night, September 27, 2017, the Steve arc appeared for only about 20 minutes, from 10:45 pm MDT pm, as the main display hit a lull inactivity. The display later grew to cover the sky with a post-sub-storm flickering display at the zenith and to the south. Steve is always well south of the main oval, and usually only when the main aurora is not very active. The 6-day moon is just setting at the bottom of the summer Milky Way. The Pleiades is rising at upper left. The Milky Way runs from northeast at upper left to southwest at lower right. The zenith is at centre.

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18138812296944
ADY200498S

The amazing area of the southern Milky Way in Carina and Crux, the brightest part of the Milky Way after the galactic core region. At right is the Carina Nebula, with the Southern Pleiades cluster, IC 2602, below it. The Football Cluster, NGC 3532, is at upper left of the Carina Nebula. At centre is the region of Lambda Centauri, with the star cluster NGC 3766, the Pearl Cluster, above the emission nebulosity. At left is the Southern Cross, with the dark Coal Sack at bottom left of the Cross, with thin tendrils extending to the right. To the left of Alpha Cruxis at the bottom of the Cross is the star cluster NGC 4609; aboive Alpha is NGC 4649. To the left of Beta Cruxis at the left side of the Cross is the Jewel Box Cluster, NGC 4755.

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18138812546852
ADY200499S

A vertical panorama of the northern spring sky, from Virgo and Corvus above the horizon up through Coma Berenices and Leo, and to Ursa Major and the Big Dipper at top at the zenith from this latitude (50 degrees North). The handle of the Dipper points down to Arcturus at left in Böotes, and then down to Spica, with bright Jupiter then just above Spica (in March 2017). The diffuse glow of Gegenschein is visible between Leo and Virgo, upper right of Jupiter and Spica. The image is designed for use to illustrate the Big Dipper pointing down to Arcturus and Regulus and the relative positions of the major spring constellations.

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18138811897473
ADY200497S

March 31, 2017 - The wonders of the southern hemisphere sky rising over the Tasman Sea at Cape Conran, on the Gippsland Coast of Victoria. Australia. The head and neck of the Dark Emu is rising from the ocean. At top is the Carina Nebula area, below is Crux, the Southern Cross, and below it are the twin Pointer Stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri. At top right is the Large Magellanic Cloud, and below it is the Small Magellanic Cloud. Left (north) of the Crux and Pointers is the fuzzy spot of Omega Centauri globular cluster. At far right is the star Achernar. At centre is the area of the South Celestial Pole. The dim red glow in the sky due south at centre might be aurora australis but is likely airglow.

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18138811672928
ADY200496S

A bright bolide meteor and smoke trail south of the southern Milky Way as Crux and the Pointers rise in the east on a clear Australian night. Jupiter is the bright object at left.

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18138811416210
ADY200495S

The Milky Way in the southern hemisphere sky from Vela at top right to Centaurus at bottom left. At left of centre is the huge Gum Nebula emission nebula bubble. At centre is the Carina Nebula. At bottom are the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds Crux is left of centre. Alpha and Beta Centauri are left of Crux.

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