The Milky Way – and planets Mars and Saturn, plus the star Antares – are bright in this night photo of McWay Falls in California. The falls drop from an 80-foot (24-meter) cliff into the Pacific Ocean, in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park along the Big Sur coastline of California. If you can’t spot the falls, click the photo to view it larger, or check out the daylight photo below. Jack Fusco wrote:
Hi EarthSky! Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I drove up to McWay Falls to catch the Milky Way and Mars above the falls. Hope you guys like it!
We do, Jack. Beautiful! Thank you.
By the way … not sure which of the objects in Jack’s photo are the planets Mars and Saturn and the star Antares? Hint: they’re the three brightest starlike object in the photo. The chart below – and EarthSky’s July guide to the bright planets – should also help.
Bottom line: Milky Way, and McWay Falls in Big Sur, California.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.