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Star Temples

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, October 17, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, space science

Celestial temples have been constructed to the Sun, Moon, planets, and numerous imagine gods since humans could build structures. Why not have a few natural temples to the stars?

When the first 19th Century pioneers wandered into remote valley in central Utah, they found two silent monoliths 160 million years old standing guard like cathedrals. The astrophotographer, David Lane, crafted an image of a night sky by combined a 16-image panorama of the Milky Way's plane with a night time photograph of the two redrock spires.


Composite Night Sky Panorama, Capitol Reef NP, Utah  (credit: NASA/ David Lane Photography )

Photographers have always visualized "new ways of seeing" and imagining a possible desert night sky with two temples to the stars is no exception.


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