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Mars and Saturn over the Alps

Mars is the brightest “star” in this image, in the lower right. Saturn is second-brightest, above and to the left of Mars. Plus stars in Scorpius and Ophiuchus.

Mars is the brightest

Mars, Saturn and stars over famous peaks in the Alps, in Switzerland. Photo by Roland Küng.

Roland Küng, a professor in the School of Engineering at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, submitted this photo. He wrote:

You see the world famous Eiger North Face in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Saturn and Mars are sitting over the Jungfrau mountain. The moon just starts to rise from behind Eiger peak. The bright light is the train station of the famous Jungfraujoch Top of Europe railway situated in the midst of Eiger North Face.

It was not easy to select the right exposure time and timing to get all these light sources well balanced in one image.

Nikon D7000, 18 s, f 4.2, ISO 1600, Nikkor AF-S 35 mm.

Mount on Tripod with star adventurer tracker.

Thank you, Roland. Beautiful! And thanks for the annotated version of this image, which identifies the mountain peaks as well as the planets Mars and Saturn and nearby stars, below.

Roland Kueng also supplied this annotated image of the scene above. He wrote:

Roland Küng also supplied this annotated image of the scene above. He wrote: “Eiger seen from the famous North Face, Mönch and Jungfrau are world famous separated peaks. Siver Peak is part of Jungfrau.” See daylight photos of the North Face Trail, and read reviews, here.

Bottom line: Planets and stars over the famous Eiger North Face in the Alps, in Switzerland. By the way, Mars and Saturn have been putting on a show in our sky, which culminates this week.

Deborah Byrd

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