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MÖBIUS ARCH | ALABAMA HILLS
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
LH8056 MÖBIUS ARCH MOONRISE
2014 February 16
The waning gibbous moon (95% illumination, 2 days past full) is diffused by thin clouds as it rises over the Alabama Hills. This view is looking directly south through the curvature of a fisheye lens at the famed Möbius Arch (also known as Movie Road Arch, Alabama Hills Natural Arch, Galen Arch). The bright star Sirius shines directly above the Arch. Jupiter appears even brighter high above the Arch, near the top center of the photograph. The familiar constellation Orion is between Sirius and Jupiter and slightly to the right. Framed inside the Arch is the open cluster Collinder 135, sometimes known as the Pi Puppis Cluster. Lone Pine Peak is in the distance at far right, elevation 12,949 ft/3,947 meters. If Mt. Whitney were visible in this picture, it would be seen to the right of Lone Pine Peak.
Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
ISO digital: 400
Exposure: 30 seconds @ f/5.6
Native Resolution: 7360x4912 pixels
Raw image file data were adjusted, optimized, and sharpened for digital output.
This image is available as a high resolution file sized at 7360x4912 pixels. A variety of croppings are possible, both horizontal (landscape mode) and vertical (portrait mode). Your inquiry is welcome.
Thank you to APOD authors & editors Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP) for featuring this image, and also to Art Neuendorffer on the APOD Starship Asterisk* forum who identified the Collinder 135 - Pi Puppis Cluster, in addition to posting Alabama Hills information. Comments by participants in the forum were both generous and thoughtful, and very much appreciated.
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