dingle starry

by underswansea

milky way 02-16smThe Milky Way curves over the mountains. The atmospheric glow in the middle is caused by aurora.

Finally some clear skies! Willow and I were up by three and walking the trails shortly after. At -10 it was bearable but much chillier than the day before’s +2. No complaints as the starry skies made up for it.

_LME9891Reaching.

During February in the morning hours, just before dawn, The Milky Way arcs along the mountain horizon. The brightest part, the galaxies centre, makes a comeback. It is a spectacular sight with the cold clear air making it that much more impressive. As spring approaches much more of our home galaxy will become visible before morning light.

_LME9904Waiting for Venus.

We made our way out of the mountains, stopping above the lake to watch Venus rise. I searched and squinted but I couldn’t make out dim Mercury in the silver light. Opposite Jupiter was high above Nelson.

RCE_3083Jupiter above Mt. Nelson.

Very fine morning.

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