Friday, January 25, 2008

Winter Night at Pic du Midi


Credit & Copyright: Alain Sallez (picdumidi.org), David Romeuf (Université Lyon 1)
Explanation: This dreamlike view looking south from the historic mountain top Pic du Midi Observatory combines moonlit domes, a winter night sky, and the snowy peaks of the French Pyrenees. Encroaching on the night, lights from the La Mongie ski resort illuminate the mountain slopes nearby while the glow along the distant horizon is from urban areas in southern France and Spain. The night sky features stars of the constellations Orion and Gemini with a bright planet Mars very near the top edge, left of center. The three prominent domes visible (from left to right) house a 0.6 meter telescope reserved for amateur astronomers, a 1 meter telescope that was used to support the Apollo lunar landing missions, and the new, Sun-watching CLIMSO.

19 comments:

Brooke said...

I've got it on my desktop right now. It's wonderful, isn't it?

Eyes said...

Yep, it is beautiful. You won't find one of these in the land of the mussies.... unless it's built by someone from the land of the infidels.... like everything in Dubai.

Brooke said...

Heh. From your lips...

Farmer John said...

Are you sure that the picture wasn't lifted from the Disney animated feature "Polar Express"? ;-)

Eyes said...

There are some similarities!

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