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Moonrise at MMT Observatory

Monday’s full moonrise at MMT, part of Whipple Observatory – located on Mount Hopkins, Arizona, – 34 miles (55 km) south of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Moonrise at the MMT Observatory, by John Ashley.  Visit John Ashley Fine Art Photos.

Moonrise at the MMT Observatory, by John Ashley. Visit johnashleyfineart.com.

John Ashley caught February’s full moon rises Monday evening beyond the MMT Observatory – formerly called the Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory – on top of Mount Hopkins in Arizona. Mount Wrightson (left) hovers in the background. The telescope is part of the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, which is run jointly by the University of Arizona and the Smithsonian Institution. John wrote:

Photographed through 23.6 miles [38 km] of dusty, lower atmosphere, illustrating why we build telescopes on mountaintops.

Nikon D750, 500mm lens

Adobe Bridge, PS Cloud

Thank you, John!

Deborah Byrd