Morning photo: Night skies

Astrophotography from Colorado

L to R Jupiter, Winter Milky Way haze, Dog Stars, and Orion and the lights of Silverthorne, Colorado.

L to R Jupiter, Winter Milky Way haze, Dog Stars, and Orion and the lights of Silverthorne, Colorado. Photo courtesy Daniel McVey.

All photos by Daniel McVey

Summit County photographer Daniel McVey checked in recently with some of his recent night sky (Astrophotography) images from the past few months. A veteran of frozen finger tips, McVey said Summit County’s cold, dry air is one of the key ingredients for his astrophotography.

“I’m one of the few people you will ever meet who is anxious to go outside on a clear sub zero night,” McVey said. “My passion lays within the photography but my greatest reward is sharing these images with people who don’t get to see many of the wonders of the night sky.”

This past Summer Daniel McVey hosted a presentation for youngsters at the Backstage Theatre/Breckenridge Theatre Gallery, where he brought his images to the masses and invited Summit County’s youth to the gallery with the assistance of  breckmoms.com host Erin Opsahl. The presentation covered the mythology of Orion, the relationship of Orion and the Pleiades, Orion Versus Scorpius, the Milky Way and how different cultures around the world perceived our on-edge view of our galaxy.

“The youth presentation was by far one of the most amazing events in my career. Not only did I personally learn a lot from research but the kids were so into it,” McVey said Some of the 5th graders were asking questions about black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and more. I never imagined I would be fielding such great and complex questions.”

Why such a focus on “Orion” when there are so many constellations?

“Orion is the most recognized constellation and most people can identify it in the sky. So it was an easy starting point, but Orion, although a winter constellation, is also linked to summer Milky Way in Scorpius,” he said.

“Orion bragged that he was going to kill every animal on the planet and so Zeus intervened and sent the armored Scorpion to destroy Orion. Once the Scorpion stung Orion, they became eternal enemies and Zeus placed each in opposite quadrants in the sky so that they would never be seen together at the same time.”

McVey blogged about the youth presentation here: http://www.danielmcvey.com/2013/10/constellation-orion-greek-mythology-astronomy/

Daniel McVey is a member of the Denver Photo Art Gallery, Colorado Mountain Art Gallery and is excited to have his 4th annual Calendar in Print and available via website or in Summit: (complete list of shops carrying the calendar: http://www.danielmcvey.com/2014-summit-county-colorado-calendar/ )

Shortlist:

Denver Photo Art Gallery * 833 Santa Fe Dr * Denver, CO (www.denverphotoartgallery.com) Prints / Calendars

Colorado Mountain Art Gallery * 406 6th St * Georgetown, CO (www.coloradomountainartgallery.com) Prints / Calendars

Colorado Store – Silverthorne Outlets behind Wendy’s    Prints / Calendars

Next Page Bookstore in Frisco * 409 Main St #101 * Frisco, CO (http://www.nextpagebooks.com)

Moon over Dillon Reservoir and the Ten Mile Range: Dillon, Colorado.

Moon over Dillon Reservoir and the Ten Mile Range: Dillon, Colorado.

The Great Hunter Awakens above the Upper Ten Mile Range in Summit County, Colorado.

The Great Hunter Awakens above the Upper Ten Mile Range in Summit County, Colorado.

Crescent Moon and Venus over the Town of Silverthorne.

Crescent Moon and Venus over the Town of Silverthorne.

Summer Milky Way over White River National Forest.

Summer Milky Way over White River National Forest.

A Day Late Harvest Moon 2013.

A Day Late Harvest Moon 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response

  1. Wow…that’s pretty amazing stuff – and a good story!

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