Path of the Milky Way West-to-East [C_009575-82stitch]
Vertorama (West at the top, East at the Bottom). It is 180 degrees nearly straight overhead. If you were to bend it over your head so that the center of the picture was above your head and the top and bottom were at your eye level on the right and left it will make sense... go ahead and bend your monitor now ;-)
Toward the bottom are the constellations of Cassiopea, Cygnus, Andromeda (the Andromeda Galaxy is labeled). Sliding along the Milky Way at the top end of this photo (west) are Sagittarius and Scorpio.
The glow in the West (top) is from the town of Bishop, California. To the east is an unidentified town or community in Nevada.
This photo was taken from Sierra View on White Mountain near the well known - to astronomers - Grand View Campground.
Bishop and surrounding towns are increasingly encroaching on the dark sky location with light pollution and this particular location is, unfortunately, directly in the path of traffic headlights coming down White Mountain Road.
Details about how I did this: will be revealed to the participants in the next Star Circle Academy Workshop in Alabama Hills this November (but there are copious hints in the tags!).
And even more information can be found on my blog.
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