Spring Sky over Alberta's Badlands at Dinosaur Provincial Park
Alan: "A 360° and horizon-to-zenith panorama of the spring sky over the badlands at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, May 25. 2016. I shot this just before moonrise of the waning gibbous Moon."
"Mars is the bright object right of centre, then near opposition and at its brightest. Jupiter is low at far right, setting with Leo into the west. Saturn is dimmer and just left of Mars with Mars and Saturn above Antares in Scorpius in the south. The summer Milky Way is rising across the east and into the southeast at left. The Andromeda Galaxy is just above the horizon at left of centre. The Summer Triangle stars are at centre. Arcturus is at upper right, with Spica and the stars of Corvus near the foreground hoodoo."
"The northern sky at left is brightened with twilight glow, despite this being taken at midnight. At this latitude of 51° north the sky never gets fully dark on late spring and early summer nights."
"One prominent satellite trail, interrupted by the gap between exposures of the frames it was in, is at left, plus the sky has many others! At this time of year they are well lit by the Sun even at midnight."
The horizon is marked by light pollution glows from Calgary (far right) and Brooks (near centre).
The display building for the Trail of the Fossil Hunters trail is at far left.Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canadawww.albertaparks.ca/dinosaur.aspx
Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about two-and-a-half hours drive southeast of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, or 48 kilometers (30 mi), about a half-hour drive northeast of Brooks. The park is situated in the valley of the Red Deer River, which is noted for its striking badland topography. The park is well known for being one of the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world.
Badlands are a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. They are characterized by steep slopes, minimal vegetation, lack of a substantial regolith, and high drainage density.
Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's Website: http://amazingsky.net
Location: Badlands, Southern Alberta, Canada
Release Date: May 26, 2016
"This is a stitch of 44 panels, taken in 4 tiers of 11 segments each, shot with the motorized iOptron iPano mount, using its Circular mode. I used the 35mm Canon lens at f/2.8 for 30-second exposures with the Canon 6D at ISO 6400. Developed in Camera Raw, stitched with PTGui, and final processing with Photoshop CC 2015."
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