Saturn and the Sickle

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This 20-minute exposure shows the constellation of Leo the Lion rising over Four Peaks, a conspicuous landmark that can be seen from most parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area. When this photo was taken in late 2006, the planet Saturn appeared in Leo. Position your mouse cursor over the image to identify the Sickle of Leo (the curve of stars that forms the mane of the lion), the constellation's brightest star Regulus, and Saturn.

Date: November 19, 2006
Time: 1:10 to 1:30 am MST
Location: Four Peaks Road, Arizona
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 20 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

Revised: January 21, 2007
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