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.
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.
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