Celestial Bliss Milky Way Pano

Celestial Bliss Milky Way Pano - We were at our friends 20th anniversary party in Marathon Texas when I decided to capture the milky way on this pretty clear night in a panorama. Marathon is considered the gate way to Big Bend National Park which is one of the gold certified international dark skies areas for star gazing. The Big Bend park worked to get the certification by changing out the lights in the park so light pollution is not a problem. Since we were so close to the park I drove out about five miles from Marathon toward the park and photographed the galaxy as the milkyway came up and stretched across the sky in this panorama. However I did not drive into the park as we did last time we came to their ten year party as the border patrol flaged us as suspicious, when we drove into the park only a few miles into the park and returned to quickly. After they pulled us over they ran the dog around the car a few times and lets us go, whew. So decided to avoid that happening again by staying out of the park. In any case this area is perfect for star gazing as you can see millions of stars out here which we refer to this whole area as celestial bliss. Photo © copyright by Bee Creek Photography - Tod Grubbs / Cynthia Hestand.

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