Planet Rise

Planetrise      
Central Minnesota, 11 July 99
E200 Ektachrome

The subtle details of the night sky fade away with the dawn, but the brightest remain: the planets Jupiter and Saturn rise above a windbreak on a prairie farm.  The sky will brighten and they will eventually be lost (though if you know where to aim a telescope, they can be found again in broad daylight)!

On this occasion, the clear skies held through the night.  The distant haze provided the right conditions to spread the long rays from the sun.  It’s an unusual transition of colors from orange to blue, a combination not found in many other places in nature.  The planets poke holes in the otherwise smooth shading.

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