Although we can’t see the Milky Way in early evening now, we can see it around midnight or later. Marc Toso wrote:
I drove out into the center of Nevada hoping to catch a glimpse of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, the dust of the famous Halley’s Comet. I failed to catch any meteors with my camera but instead found a massive crater. Not a meteor crater, but a volcanic crater called Lunar Crater. Interestingly, this landscape was used to train Apollo astronauts in 1972.
Another interesting note, the glow behind the hill on the right is light pollution from Las Vegas, 163 miles [262 km] away as the crow flies!
Thank you, Marc. By the way, we received a second photo very similar to Marc’s, taken a day earlier and several hours later by the clock, over a different landscape. See it below.
Bottom line: The starry arc of the Milky Way over a volcanic crater – Lunar Crater – in Nevada. Plus the Milky Way over a mountain silhouette in Colorado.
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