Night Sky Reflected

APOD: 2021 September 13 - Night Sky Reflected

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2021 September 13
The picture shows a clear night sky from Brazil that
is not only reflected from standing water but by a person
holding a mirror.
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.

Night Sky Reflected
Image Credit & Copyright: Egon Filter

Explanation: What's that in the mirror? In the featured image of the dark southern sky, the three brightest galaxies of the night are all relatively easy to identify. Starting from the left, these are the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and part of the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. All three are also seen reflected in a shallow pool of water. But what is seen in the mirror being positioned by the playful astrophotographer? Dust clouds near the center of our Milky Way -- and the planet Jupiter. The composite was carefully planned and composed from images captured from the same camera in the same location and during the same night in mid-2019 in Mostardas, south Brazil. The picture won first place in the Connecting to the Dark division of the International Dark-Sky Association's Capture the Dark contest for 2021.

Mars Panorama 360 from Curiosity
A Spiral Aurora over Iceland

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