Galaxy, Planet And Apple Tree


A serene image captured last month at Dover, Nova Scotia. To wit:

The Old Astronomer’s Milky Way arcs through this peaceful northern sky. Against faint, diffuse starlight you can follow dark rifts of interstellar dust clouds stretching from the galaxy’s core. They lead toward bright star Antares at the right, almost due south above the horizon. The brightest beacon in the twilight is Jupiter, though. From the camera’s perspective it seems to hang from the limb of a tree framing the foreground, an apple tree of course.

(Image: Kristine Richer)


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One thought on “Galaxy, Planet And Apple Tree

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Lovely picture, beautifully serene.

    As an anecdote, I was on an overseas posting a few years back in an East African country, just north of the Equator. We were in a little town with no permanent power, and we only used the generator for certain hours during the day and early night. Being so close to the centre of the world, days wer pretty much 12 hours daylight, 12 hours night. It made for some wonderful stargazing.
    Anyway, this night our group was sitting outside enjoying a post prandial beer or two, and enjoying the beautiful clear sky vista. We had wonderful views of Saturn and Mars that time, and even Antares was visible. I was waxing on about how Antares got the name (I am a bit of a know-it-all and want you to know that. Yes, I was that annoying sod in school). [FYI: it comes from the Greek Rival of Mars, which is Ares in Greek. Both appear red to the eye]
    One colleague lamented that two things she would love to see were a meteor shower, and the Milky Way, with a bonus of a satellite. That night, the Milky Way was similar to the picture above – a lovely sprawl of glowing light across the sky. She was looking at it, but did not know what she was seeing. I was happy that night to be able to grant one of her wishes.

    If people are interested, there is a great little app for the iPhone or iPad put out by the Belfast Observatory called puniverse. There is a free version that sets your location at Belfast (which is close enough for most of Ireland) or a paid version that lets you set your location. It shows you what is in the sky, and can give alerts for upcoming events and sights. I recommended this to my colleague, and a few months later she sent me a note that she had managed to see the Perseid meteor shower.

    It is not so good on showing apple trees, though :-)

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