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The Milky Way Galaxy sets at Lake Tekapo in South Island of New Zealand. When I look at this image I can't help but wonder what methane lakes on the largest Saturn's moon Titan might look like...

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As nearly full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, for a fleeting moment snowy peaks of Mount Treble Cone looked like they were set alight. I was lucky to be by the camera and witness that rare and wonderful sight with the Milky Way galaxy slowly fading into the moonlit sky. With a bit of imagination one can see an outline of a Kiwi bird traced by the dust lanes at the bottom of the Milky Way core and bright planet Mars was right at the bird's eye that night. Saturn can also be seen underneath it. I hope you enjoy the view 🙂

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Fire Mountain

As nearly full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, for a fleeting moment snowy peaks of Mount Treble Cone looked like they were set alight. I was lucky to be by the camera and witness that rare and wonderful sight with the Milky Way galaxy slowly fading into the moonlit sky. With a bit of imagination one can see an outline of a Kiwi bird traced by the dust lanes at the bottom of the Milky Way core and bright planet Mars was right at the bird's eye that night. Saturn can also be seen underneath it. I hope you enjoy the view :)The World at Night - TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Early Morning

Jupiter, Venus and Orion rise above the Church of Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. When I was waiting for the planets to rise in the early morning twilight I cursed the fog which was too thick to see anything. But just at the right moment it thinned a bit and added colours to the stars in this eerie scene.
I hope you enjoy the view 😀

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