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Stars over Grand Teton Mountain Range | by IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")
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Stars over Grand Teton Mountain Range

Milky Way stars over Grand Teton Mountain Range, in Grand Teton National Park. It is amazing how many stars are visible on a perfectly clear night, with no moon, and no city light pollution! The photo was taken from the 'Teton View' overlook. Of the three turn-outs along Highway 89, this one not only gives you the most perpendicular view of the Tetons, but it was also the only one that aligned the Milky Way directly over the range on that day, at 1:06 AM! Unfortunately, by this time of the year, the 'bulge' of the Milky Way (the brightest portion) is below the horizon. It can best be seen during the summer months, and this is September 29. (Although there is not much snow and ice (the Tetons do have some small glacier fields) left on these mountains, it is still quite a bit when you consider that this photo was taken a week past the last day of summer! A few days later, the snows would begin to fall, for the start of a whole new winter snow pack.)


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Please visit my photostream every Thursday to see a new ''NightScape'' image. Read the Huffington Post story about my NightScape photography. You can also read the technical how-to stuff here.

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Taken on September 29, 2011