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3,000m の星 – Stars at 10,000Feet


彗星、もういい加減見飽きたかなと思いながら、昨夜、シーダーブレイクス国定公園に行きました。ビジターセンターには10人から20人ほどの人がすでに三脚を並べて待っていました。夜9時半過ぎでもまだ明るい。- I asked myself, “didn’t I have enough with the comment already?” Still we went to Cedar Breaks National Monument last night. When we got there, 10 – 20 people were there already at the visitor center view point with tripods and cameras. It was still so bright even after 9:30pm.

10時過ぎ、誰かが「見えた!」と叫びました。それがかけ声となり、みんな一斉にカメラのファインダーを覗き始めました。- A little past 10:00pm, someone shouted “I can see it now!” And everyone started looking through the camera viewfinder.

スッキリとしたコメット。まだ日暮れどきの明かりがあるのに、肉眼でもキッチリ見えるのは、海抜 3,000m 以上だからですね。C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)彗星が次に地球接近してくれるのは 7,000 年後だと言われています。- It was a crisp and clear Neowise comet. Because of the location, higher than 10,000 feet above sea level, we could see it with our naked eyes even before dark. C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) comet will come close to earth again in 7,000 years.

10時15分ごろ、回りを見渡すとまだ早いけど、天の川が幽かに見えます。そして、カメラマン達もまだまだ頑張っている様子。下の写真、左下に見えるのはブライアンヘッドピークです。峰に光が点滅しているところを見るとまだまだこぞってコメットを見に登っているようです。ここよりさらに450mも高い場所です。- Around 10:15pm, I could see faintly the northern end of the Milky Way. Many photographers were still there for even better shots. In the image below, you can see a little hill at the lower left with lights on it in two lines. It’s called Brian Head Peak, 450 feet higher than the visitor center. The lights outline the road going to the top. I can imagine that many more people were there than at the visitor center because it is higher.

コメットを撮るというより、この場所に行けたことに感謝したら、優しい気持ちになりました。- I was a little relaxed last night. Instead of taking the comet pictures, I was simply grateful for being there. I know, for sure, I cannot repeat seeing this particular comet in my lifetime and neither can all the people living on earth right now. Then I felt the kinship with all the people and living creatures of earth.

駐車場にて、最後のショットです。車が行き来する中、面白い効果が出ていた中での一枚です。中央少し下の大きく光る星は木星、そしてそのすぐ左横にあるのが土星。南側から流れ出る天の川が一番綺麗に撮れます。標高 3,000m の星は、爽やかに光っていました。- The image below is the last shot from the visiter center parking lot. I got interesting effects every time a car came by with headlights and taillights on. The shining star at the center is Jupiter, and Saturn is just to the left. I think that the southern end of the milky way shows the definition much better than the other end. The stars at 10,000 feet were shining clearer and crisper than ever.

明日から一週間ほどお休みします。- I’ll have a break for a week beginning tomorrow.