Astrophotographer Captures The Milky Way Shining In All Its Glory Over The Devils Tower
This amazing shot of a night sky with the Milky Way Galaxy hanging over the Devil’s Tower in the prairies of Wyoming (Western USA) was captured in all of its glory by Kansas-based astrophotographer Dave Lane. The photo was featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on 31st October together with an annotated version that pinpoints quite a few of the Halloween-themed nebulae seen in the photo.
The beauty of the Milky Way is quite overwhelming in itself, but the location where the photo was taken is also very interesting from a geological perspective. The Devil’s Tower, seen in the center of the photo, is a peculiar 1,267-foot-tall geological formation standing in the middle of a grassland surrounded by Ponderosa pine forests in Woyming. Showered by worships and praises for thousands of years, the Tower became the first National Monument of the USA in 1906.