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Billions and Billions

I am always amazed at the number of stars visible in the Milky Way (est. 100 billion) and even more amazed to think that there are fewer stars in our galaxy than the size of the US deficit (over 14 trillion dollars). And even more amazing is that our politicians can't come together with solutions to this "astronomical" problem!


I decided to leave a bit early on my drive to Salmon, Idaho to work for the day. In this image the Milky Way is seen in the western sky rising above the Lemhi Mountains, taken just north of Gilmore Summit. The quarter moon had just risen behind me to give a bit of light to the valley and mountains beyond.


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Taken on July 27, 2011