January Night Sky over the Tetons
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2014
The brightest band of the Milky Way, around which you can find the constellations Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, and Aquila, just to name a few, isn't visible from North America in January. It crosses the southwestern sky in mid to late afternoon and is well past the horizon by the time the Earth has rotated far enough for the stars to be visible. This image, taken at about 19:15, shows instead Vega (the bright spot on the right side of the frame near the ridgeline) and the constellations Cassiopeia and Pegasus on a clear and cold yet tolerable night. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.