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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:06 PM

Yosemite Winter Night


Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN)

In this evocative night skyscape a starry band of the Milky Way climbs over Yosemite Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, planet Earth. Jupiter is the brightest celestial beacon on the wintry scene, though. Standing nearly opposite the Sun in the constellation Taurus, the wandering planet joins yellowish Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. Below, Orion always comes up sideways over a fence of mountains. And from there the twin stars of Gemini rise just across the Milky Way. As this peaceful winter night began, they followed Auriga the charioteer, its alpha star Capella near the top of the frame.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121225.html

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pokerfan Dec 2012 OP
Bennyboy Dec 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #2
niyad Dec 2012 #3
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #4
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2012 #5
question everything Dec 2012 #23
Shrike47 Dec 2012 #6
gateley Dec 2012 #7
alfredo Dec 2012 #9
gateley Dec 2012 #22
alfredo Dec 2012 #8
pokerfan Dec 2012 #12
alfredo Dec 2012 #17
Joey Liberal Dec 2012 #10
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #11
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #13
alfredo Dec 2012 #18
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #14
begin_within Dec 2012 #15
WiffenPoof Dec 2012 #16
KurtNYC Dec 2012 #19
HappyMe Dec 2012 #20
Phentex Dec 2012 #21
question everything Dec 2012 #24

Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:13 PM

1. Wow.

 

My favorite place in the world right there. Surprised they got that much clear sky last night.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:02 PM

2. What a lovely peaceful pic for Christmas.

Thank you so much for sharing it.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:07 PM

3. such a beautiful image--thank you for sharing it.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:10 PM

4. so beautiful

I just emailed it to friends and family

thank you

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:33 PM

5. Beautiful...

I was eyeballing Jupiter last night, wishing I had a telescope.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:52 PM

23. Indeed. We had a clear night and Jupiter was close to the moon

we could watch it from inside the house instead of shivering outside.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:41 PM

6. Thank you for posting.

With all the lights we have now, the sky is almost startling when really seen.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:51 PM

7. My new wallpaper -- it just instantly calms me. Thank you!

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Response to gateley (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:57 PM

9. Check their archives too. They go back to 1995.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:45 PM

22. Again, thanks!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:57 PM

8. APOD has been a daily routine of mine, even longer than DU. Thanks for the image.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:51 AM

12. Me too

I only the post the really stunning ones. Like this one.

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:29 AM

17. The backlit Saturn was one that caught my eye.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:58 PM

10. Beautiful!

Thx!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:05 PM

11. Awesome, Incredible , spellbinding

illuminating, soulful, peaceful


Thanks for posting.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:04 AM

13. Orion seems to be situated somewhat differently than it is in Alaska's night sky.

Is that possible?

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:30 AM

18. In the morning sky it will be different.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:26 AM

14. that's incredible

Makes me want to go to Yosemite. Thank you for posting it.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:49 AM

15. That's my new desktop background

Thanks!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:53 AM

16. How Fortunate We Are...

...as humans to witness such beauty.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:10 AM

19. I spent a whole winter in those mountains

(working for Mammoth Mountain). Beauty taken to a spiritual level.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:21 AM

20. How lovely and peaceful.


Thanks for posting.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:30 AM

21. Gorgeous!

Wish I were there!

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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:55 PM

24. Amazing. I can stare at it and just be awed (nt)

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