MATTERHORN STANDING TALL IN THE SWITZERLAND SKIES
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Taken on February 27, 2012 CoolBieRe captures beautifully the imposing Matterhorn and the night sky above with a proper use of tilt shift added into the photo. Just at the peak of the Matterhorn you can see the constellation of Orion with red supergiant star Betelgeuse high above. To the left is the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, the Dog Star in Canis Majoris and all the way over to the right is the constellation of Taurus the Bull. Easily visible are the two open star clusters of the Hyades and Pleiades. Hyades, the “V” shaped head of the bull with red/orange supergiant Aldebaran as the bull’s eye and the Pleiades stretching out at the end of the bull’s tail.
The mighty Matterhorn lies in the Pennine Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy and towers 14,690 feet (4478 meters) into the sky. The four extremely steep faces match the four points of the compass and although it’s extremely intimidation it’s only the tenth largest mountain in Switzerland. In 2013 Kilian Jornet, a 25 year old mountain runner ascended and descended the Matterhorn in a mind boggling 2 hours and 52 minutes. An average ascent alone takes approximately nine hours.
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