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Death Valley, Racetrack Playa and Milky Way

12 Apr 2013, 11:30 UTC
Death Valley, Racetrack Playa and Milky Way
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Here's an image showing a panorama of the Milky Way and the Racetrack Playa (a dry lake famous for its "sailing rocks") in Death Valley. Simply breathtaking! You can, in fact, spot one of such "moving rocks" in the bottom-left (4-5 o'clock). And if you pay close attention, you may notice an unexpected visitor above and to the right of the highest peak on the left: Comet PanSTARRS C/2011 L4!

A bit of history in the making:

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 I headed to the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley... Not for the faint of head, as it was a 550 miles drive, out of the blue (plus another 550 miles back). I left home at 9am and I only arrived at the site a bit past 8:30pm (count a few stops to eat, put gas, etc)... Certainly, the last 28 miles of unpaved, lonely and bumpy road, getting dark already, wasn't quite the most fun thing I've done in my life.

But it was all worth it as ...

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