This Wee Planet panorama shows an amazing view of the night sky in all of it's glory. The view is from 4,400-meter high Mt. Whitney in Sequoia National Park, California. At the center, angular boulders populate Mt. Whitney's summit while in the distance, just below the horizon, peaks from the Sierra Nevada mountain range are visible. Sky sights include light pollution emanating from Los Angeles and Fresno, visible just above the horizon. Dark clouds are the remnants of a recent thunderstorm near Death Valley. The band of the Milky Way Galaxy arches across the night sky. Bright air-glow bands are visible all over the sky. The planet Jupiter appears as the brightest point in the sky. A discerning eye can also find a faint image of the far distant Andromeda galaxy, a satellite trail, and many constellations. The historic stone shelter on Mt. Whitney is visible as well.
More of artist Nikki Smith's wee planet creations can be seen on her website at http://BookSmithStudio.com
December 31st, 2011
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