Constellation Station: Bright Stars Sparkle in Skywatcher Photo

Skywatching Image Captures Many Constellations
The constellations Leo, Virgo and Hydra can all be seen in this skywatching image. (Image credit: Tunc Tezel / The World at Night)

This panorama of the night sky captures two planets resting among several constellations dotting the sky. Skywatcher Tunc Tezel of TWAN/The World At Night captured this image from Keles, town near Bursa, Turkey on March 21, 2012.

The image was taken on the night of the Vernal Equinox, a time which signals the beginning of spring for the Northern Hemisphere. However, in the foreground, one can still see snow covering the landscape. In the image, the planet Saturn lies in Virgo while Mars rests near Leo the Lion.

Other constellations  visible in the image are Hydra in the bottom right, Libra in the bottom left and Coma Berenices at the top. Mars and Saturn are two of the brightest dots in the sky while Hydra's star Alphard is barely visible. This stunning view of the sky will change, however, as winter once again approaches the region.

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.