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Ice Forest Starry Night   -  By: Babak A. Tafreshi

As seen on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day a moonlit night at altitude of 5000 meters on Andes in northern Chile. The foreground is an icy forest of penitentes; thin spikes of hardened snow or ice, with sharp edges pointing towards the sky, reaching heights from a few centimeters up to several meters. In the sky from left to right are constellations Andromeda, Perseus, Taurus (with the prominent Pleiades Star Cluster), Orion (in the middle), Canis Major (with Sirius, our brightest night-time star), Carina (with Canopus, the second brightest star of the night sky). At far right, the Large Magellanic Cloud ghostly appear towards the south. Familiar northern hemisphere figure of constellation Orion or Taurus appear upside down in this image from the southern hemisphere. Date: Nov. 2011


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