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Milky Way from Lake Titicaca (Peru)


On a recent trip to Peru, I had hoped to get at least a few shots of the night sky since I'm not often south of the equator, but I had not anticipated just how poor the weather would be. This is the best I got on my 2-week trip... and this was taken in the only direction where I could find a hole in the clouds after an evening thunderstorm with wind, rain, and some reported hail. I was surprised by the high humidity even at Lake Titicaca (12,500 ft. elevation), which made the light pollution even worse for night-time photography by scattering it back towards the ground.

Below is an enlarged view which has been labeled with the most prominent "landmarks".


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