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ANDROMEDA GALAXY OVER HAVASU FALLS

I hiked up to Havasu Falls, where it felt like more stars came out in the sky. Being far enough from the campground and yet still surrounded by the tall canyon walls, let alone being in one of the least polluted parts of the country, really increased the visibility of the stars with my bare eye. Facing northeast, I captured the typical north tip of the Milky Way along with Cassiopeia that rose above Havasu Falls. Because it was late September, I was expected to be able to see the Andromeda galaxy (in fall, and best in November). And there it was – M31, our neighboring galaxy. It is a bit misleading though because the galaxy, 4 billion years younger than our own, is technically 2.537 million light years away. Wondered what the Havasupai people saw in the fall night sky over the span of at least 800 years of their occupancy across the Grand Canyon.

Supai, AZ

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • 14mm / 22 sec at ƒ/2.8 / ISO 3200
  • Taken 9/23/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji

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