Monday, January 30, 2017

Taken by CHENG LUO (web name Starwisper) on January 26, 2017 @ Changsha, Hunan province, China

Jan 26th,2017, Moon and Mercury are near conjunction, I take this photo for them and the rising milkway galaxy at 5:50 AM. This pic show not only the meeting of Moon and Mercury,but also a much bigger space party.In the backguand deep space, there are many red nebulas:lagoon nebula,cat paw,Omega nebula,Eagle nebula and so on,and star clusters:M6,M7. The moon is over-exposure but still can show itself with all the deep space objects,Mercury is just rising over the horizon, Saturn is above the galaxy heart,a meteor and a man-made satellite also show their trails.

The only participant on earth is a ancient Taoism temple on the foregroud. This temple was built about 1800 years ago by Ge Xuan(164-244), a master of Taoism in ancient China. The temple is at altitude of 1904 m on Wugong shan mountain,Jiangxi province, China. The temple face east with 2 other temples together. It is a tupical Taoist architecture facing due east,which agrees with Taoist allusion that the Purple Air comes from the east and auspicious comes. Nowaday,the temple was protected by local government and be a good site for sunrise watching.Wugong shan mountain is a good place for outdoor sports and star-watching with few light pollution.

Jan 28, 2017 is the Spring Festival and Chinese New Year. May catching this memorable photo take auspicious to us.

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