Taken near local midnight, this autumn night’s panorama follows the arch of the Milky Way and shows almost everything you could hope to see in the night sky. Setting, wanderer Mars is brightest at the far left, still shining against almost overwhelming city lights along the southwestern horizon. Bright stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega form the northern sky’s summer triangle, straddling the Milky Way left of center. Part of the winter hexagon Capella and Aldebaran, along with the beautiful Pleiades star cluster shine across the northeastern sky. The line-of-sight along the hikers boardwalk leads almost directly toward the Big Dipper, an all season asterism from these northern latitudes. Follow the Big Dipper’s pointer stars to Polaris and the north celestial pole nearly centered above it. Andromeda, the other large galaxy in the skyscape, is near the top of the frame.
beautifuldestinations The Tripitos Arch is a must-see destination in Paxos — but it’s not easy to reach. According to @thiago.lopez, there wasn’t any signage, and he didn’t have GPS or offline map applications. He discovered that it’d be impossible to find the back road there alone, so used his minimal Greek and gesturing to communicate with the locals, eventually finding his way! An excellent example of how sometimes the journey is just as much fun as actually reaching your destination. (🎥: @thiago.lopez📍: Gaios, Paxos, Greece)