The Southern Utah night sky is renowned for its brilliance. There are nights when you look up and see only stars, not much black. Around the new moon phase is the best time to watch and Orion is prevalent in the southern winter sky.
That bright star in the upper right is Sirius, the brightest object in the night sky besides the moon and planets. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major which borders Orion. The Milky Way forms to the south in this shot. The object in lower left is a UFO.
The constellation Orion with the belt to center right. Betelgeuse, the amber star, is above the belt near the top of this image and Rigel is the blue star below the belt. Sirius is the bright object to the left. Rigel appears bright because it’s 47,000 times brighter than our own sun but some 800 light years from earth. Our sun is only 8 light minutes away from us.
This image was produced with a 30 second exposure, F4.0 and an ISO of 3200
This image was produced by taking 185 exposures for about 2 hours and stacking them in StarStaX.
The ambient light from the town of Springdale was just enough to light up The Watchman and a fence at Zion National Park, Utah
The Big Dipper is upside down during the winter. The top two stars point left towards Polaris(North Star) which is at the end of the Little Dipper.(Not Shown)