Aurora, Stars, Meteor, Lake, Alaska
Sometimes, after your eyes adapt to the dark, a spectacular sky appears. In this case, a picturesque lake lies in front of you, beautiful green aurora flap high above you, brilliant stars shine far in the distance, and, for a brief moment, a bright meteor streaks by. This digitally fused breathtaking panorama was captured late last month across one of the Chena Lakes in North Pole, Alaska, USA, and includes the Pleiades open cluster of stars on the image right. The shot is unusual not only for the many wonders it has captured simultaneously, but because lakes this far north tend to freeze and become non-reflecting before a sky this dark can be photographed.
Seven Sisters - M 45
One of the most beautiful objects in the entire sky, the Pleiades are an open cluster, visible with the unaided eye. Photographs bring out the cirrus streaks of blue-white reflection nebulae around most of the stars of the cluster. The ancient Mesopotamians knew that the Pleiades were something special- they named it simply ‘The Constellation’ and it is the first star group in the official ancient Babylonian constellations (2000 B.C.)
Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, and it’s constellation Canis Major, sets over the divide in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.