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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Milky Way Over Abandoned Kilns
NASA ^ | July 25, 2011 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 07/25/2011 3:25:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: What's that below the Milky Way? Historic kilns. Built in the 1870s in rural Nevada, USA to process local wood into charcoal, the kilns were soon abandon due to a town fire and flooding, but remain in good condition even today. The above panorama is a digital conglomerate of five separate images taken in early June from the same location. Visible above the unusual kilns is a colorful star field, highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy appearing along a diagonal toward the lower right. Many famous sites in our Galaxy are visible, including the Pipe Nebula and the Dark River to Antares, seen to the right of the Milky Way. The origin of the green mist on the lower left, however, is currently unexplained.

July 25, 2011

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; milkyway; science
[Credit: Tom McEwan]

1 posted on 07/25/2011 3:25:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

2 posted on 07/25/2011 3:28:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wish the naked eye could pick out the detail in the night sky like a camera can.


3 posted on 07/25/2011 4:26:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SunkenCiv

WOW!


4 posted on 07/25/2011 5:08:48 AM PDT by frogjerk (Greedo did not shoot first.)
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To: SunkenCiv

pretty


5 posted on 07/25/2011 5:10:10 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Welcome to Obamaville!

Sorry, couldn't resist...


On another note, I've visited these kilns. South of Ely, Nevada. Interesting place!
6 posted on 07/25/2011 5:19:02 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Please stop it!!!

We tell outsiders that Nevada is Vegas, Reno and nothing but wasteland. We do not want them to venture into the outback. It is a very DANGEROUS PLACE!!

7 posted on 07/25/2011 5:26:49 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (De Oppresso libre!)
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To: SunkenCiv

WOW!! Those kilns are cool also!!


8 posted on 07/25/2011 5:29:42 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: COBOL2Java

That place looks fabulous!


9 posted on 07/25/2011 5:31:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Too late! I love rural Nevada! My wife and I did the “Loneliest Road in America” and got our certificate. :-)


10 posted on 07/25/2011 5:39:12 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Just love the Milky Way!


11 posted on 07/25/2011 5:42:25 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is really striking!

That picture is killin’ me! My eyes are glazing over. I hope I don’t slip.


12 posted on 07/25/2011 6:09:36 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s beautiful.


13 posted on 07/25/2011 7:30:00 AM PDT by brytlea (Someone the other day said I'm not a nice person. How did they know?)
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To: cripplecreek
I wish the naked eye could pick out the detail in the night sky like a camera can.

Agree, though we can still see a lot with the proper conditions. Some of my USAFA training was spent in the mountain forests at 8,000+ feet elevation. The night sky was amazing.

14 posted on 07/25/2011 9:01:36 AM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: cripplecreek

When I was younger, I could see the sky like that. Not so much now.

If you go to VERY West Oklahoma, or, out in the middle the Sahara, where there is no humidity, you might still see things like this.

An alternate would be on top of a very high mountain like Mouna Kea in Hawaii. If you folks will pony up the money, I’ll go out there and let you know how it looks.


15 posted on 07/25/2011 9:14:16 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

The upper Peninsula of Michigan has some good viewing as well.


16 posted on 07/25/2011 9:15:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: COBOL2Java

I traveled that road from Fallon east for about 90 miles, hung out for the day, then traveled back to Fallon many many times.

Sand Mountain is (was?) pretty cool.


17 posted on 07/25/2011 9:50:40 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (I sure hope there is a New Morning in America soon. All this hope and change is leaving me depressed)
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To: cripplecreek

You really need a dry landscape to see things this good.

I have a friend who goes to the Oki-Tex Star Party in Kenton, Ok. every year. It is so dry there that he could see the Earthshine rise above the horizon before the Moon rose. You can’t do that with any moisture in the air.

It’s so dark there that when it is cloudy, you can see nothing. The definition of Pitch Black.


18 posted on 07/25/2011 10:24:19 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: brytlea; left that other site

That looks like it would be a great shooting location for either a stone age village or some kind of planetary colony.


19 posted on 07/25/2011 7:50:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Young Werther

That joke always produces Snickers.


20 posted on 07/25/2011 8:09:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Thanks!


21 posted on 07/25/2011 8:10:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ward_Charcoal_Ovens_Nevada_USA.jpg


22 posted on 07/25/2011 8:17:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ro_Thunder
No, it is an ugly pile of sand with an endangered species habitat designation.
23 posted on 07/25/2011 8:28:15 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (De Oppresso libre!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yes, the beehive people or something.


24 posted on 07/25/2011 8:51:52 PM PDT by brytlea (Someone the other day said I'm not a nice person. How did they know?)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Well, in the late 80’s early 90’s, it was a fun recreational hang out for 4WD vehicles, four-wheelers, and other folk who like to off-road.


25 posted on 07/26/2011 7:03:50 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (I sure hope there is a New Morning in America soon. All this hope and change is leaving me depressed)
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