ACTION OVER THAILAND!
Photo Credit: Matipon Tangmatitham: CLICK photo for larger view and see below for links and information.
What an unbelievable shot right?! This one is actually NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD) for today Feb 12, 2014 and it’s well deserved.
There’s a lot going on here so let’s take a close look. To start, this is a perfect shot of the Milky Way galaxy as it vast arc stretches across Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand. Not so obvious until it’s brought to your attention is the great dust mass of the zodiacal light reaching up from the horizon to meet the plane of the galaxy.
High above the plane of the galaxy there’s a streak of light as a meteor attempts to punch through our atmosphere and just to the left of the meteor streak is a comet looking fella. That is in fact a massive Ariane 5 rocket during launch last Friday afternoon from Kourou, French Guiana. Below the plane of the galaxy is the planet Venus shining like a spotlight as always as the Morning star.
What else can you see in this photo, are you skilled enough to pick out some constellations? How about some individual stars etc.? Kudos to Mr. Tangmatitham on a wildly surreal photo and this goes to show you just how busy our night sky can be if you take the time to learn and look!
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NASA APOD for this photo: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html