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Rocket, Meteor, and Milky Way over Thailand

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:46 am via: NASA
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Can the night sky appear both serene and surreal? Perhaps classifiable as serene in the above panoramic image taken last Friday are the faint lights of small towns glowing across a dark foreground landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand, as well as the numerous stars glowing across a dark background starscape.

Also visible are the planet Venus and a band of zodiacal light on the image left. Unusual events are also captured, however. First, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, while usually a common site, appears here to hover surreally above the ground. Next, a fortuitous streak of a meteor was captured on the image right.

Image Credit & Copyright: Matipon Tangmatitham

Image Credit & Copyright: Matipon Tangmatitham

Perhaps the most unusual component is the bright spot just to the left of the meteor. That spot is the plume of a rising Ariane 5 rocket, launched a few minutes before from Kourou, French Guiana. How lucky was the astrophotographer to capture the rocket launch in his image? Not lucky at all — the image was timed to capture the rocket. What was lucky was how photogenic — and perhaps surreal — the rest of the sky turned out to be.

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Thailand is predominately of less interest but the milky way and galaxy is common.
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