Sunday, September 7, 2008

Another image from the Black Forest Star Party. We had two very nice nights of stargazing, and one of rain and clouds. It was nice to go to a star party and actually see stars.

The obvious non-stellar object in the top center of the image is M31, the Andromeda galaxy. This is the most distant object most people can see with their naked eye, albeit from a dark sky sight. This object is approximately 2.5 million light years away and is made up of billions of stars. 

(The link to M31 in  this post and the Zodiacal link in the previous post are to Catching the Light , the site of a fellow astronomy club member and professional sports photographer Jerry Lodriguss. It is well worth a visit.)

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