The night sky during the total lunar eclipse of 2014 April 15 with the tropical ocean breeze at the coast of Long Key State Park located on Long Key, one of the Florida Keys (a coral cay archipelago of many islands in the southeastern US). The eclipsed red Moon appears next to Mars which is shining brightly near its 2014 opposition. The summer Milky Way rises on the left in this early morning wide-angle view. In the middle right bright southern stars Alpha and Beta Centauri reach just high enough from the southern horizon to be glimpsed in the Florida sky.
Jupiter dazzles in the dark sky of Queensland, Australia. Sirius and Canopus, the two brightest stars of our night time appear on the right and prominent figure of constellation Orion is in the middle. Both the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud are also in the view at the far right. From the photographer: “To the right of the Oak Beach lies the rain forest, which is the part of Wet Tropics of Queensland, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just off shore is another world heritage site, the Great Barrier Reef. I had only 20 minutes of clear sky before a strong tropical shower from the sea finished the starry night.”
Jupiter (the brightest point), winter stars, and the Milky Way appear in the dark sky of the Persian Gulf shores, near Bushehr, southwestern Iran. Lights of seashore villages illuminates the horizon. The foreground is a sandstone outcrop feature known as Yardang, or Kalout in Persian. A yardang is an elongated hill carved from bedrock by wind, dust and sand. Back to the sky, the pale red banded glow on the left is airglow, natural emission of the Earth upper atmosphere.
This wide-angle view from Lake Iznik, near Bursa, Turkey, displays bright winter stars, planet Jupiter (the brightest point) and the Milky Way. Lake Iznik is one of the largest lakes in Turkey, about 12 km wide and 30 km long and its southern shore is defined by the southern branch of North Anatolian Fault. The big rock in the foreground is known as Sarikaya (meaning Yellow Rock) which rises 85 meters from the lake and is a favorite spot for rock climbers.
As noted by the photographer: “This spot and Lake Iznik in general reminds me of Lake Taupo in New Zealand. Lake Taupo and vegetation around it looks very similar to Iznik in daytime, poplars, pines, willows, olives. The night in Lake Taupo looks different of course, as in this picture.”
As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day the starry sky appeared shine above Lake Salda in southwestern Turkey. In this night sky panorama, rocky sand covers the foreground, while building lights are visible across the lake. Looking up, the stars of Orion lie just ahead, while Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, appears to Orion’s left. To Orion’s right, just above the horizon, lies the Pleiades open star cluster. Arching across the sky is the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. High in the center, the stars Castor and Pollux are visible. Lake Salda is famous partly for its blue color that is slightly discernible even in this night-time image.