Monday, September 29, 2008

Today's APOD

is REALLY cool. Like...wow. You can see it here: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html. The guy who took this is HARDCORE!

I'll write a real post later but this is so awesome I had to share it!

A True Image from False Kiva
Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (Astropics.com/TWAN)

Explanation: Is there any place in the world you could see a real sight like this? Yes. Pictured above is single exposure image spectacular near, far, and in between. Diving into the Earth far in the distance is part of the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, taken with a long duration exposure. Much closer, the planet Jupiter is visible as the bright point just to band's left. Closer still are picturesque buttes and mesas of the Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USA, lit by a crescent moon. In the foreground is a cave housing a stone circle of unknown origin named False Kiva. The cave was briefly lit by flashlight during the long exposure. Astrophotographer Wally Pacholka reports that getting to the cave to take this image was no easy trek. Also, mountain lions were a concern while waiting alone in the dark for just the right exposure.

4 comments:

Greg Remaly said...

wow, that is awesome! i didn't think that was taken from Earth at first.

k said...

Simply stunning! Thanks for sharing this gem Sarah :-)

Rainmaker said...

Wow, incredible. Thanks for sharing!

rocketpants said...

crazy...looks like it is from another planet.