Yes, but it’s upside down, right?
Turns out this was the Astronomy Picture of the Day back in September 2012. NASA said:
Milky Way Over the Bungle Bungles
Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Salway Explanation: Which part of this picture do you find more interesting — the land or the sky? Advocates for the land might cite the beauty of the ancient domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Western Australia. These picturesque domes appear as huge layered beehives and are made of sandstones and conglomerates deposited over 350 million years ago. Advocates for the sky might laud the beauty of the Milky Way’s central band shown arching from horizon to horizon. The photogenic Milky Way band formed over 10 billion years ago and now includes many well-known nebulae and bright stars. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide and can enjoy both together in this beautiful 8-frame panorama taken from the dark skies of Purnululu National Park about two months ago.
Decide Anyway: Land or Sky
I’d make some remarks about silly names for land formations in Australia — but here we sit with The Grand Tetons, The Gros Ventre, and several dozen “Molly’s Nipples” in our nation.
But really: Bungle-Bungles?
Ain’t geography grand? Ain’t nature grand? Ain’t NASA doing something right?
- Do You Know The Way to Bungle Bungle? (postcardladie.wordpress.com)
- 10 Mind-Bending Facts About The Milky Way Galaxy (listverse.com)
- Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s black hole (phys.org)
- Airglow helps Milky Way paint the night sky amazing colors (nbcnews.com)
- NASA’s Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s black hole (esciencenews.com)
- Milky Way Galaxy, Eerie Airglow Paint Night Sky Amazing Colors (Photo) (space.com)