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Spectacular night sky view above Mt. Qomolangma
14:07, December 10, 2009  


Photo shows the star image above Mt. Qomolangma. (tech.sina.com.cn/xinhua Photo)


Almost nothing seems to be able to make the Himalayas, acclaimed as the "Roof of the World," subjected.

However, a recent marvelous photo showing the star image above Mt. Qomolangma, Himalayas' main peak, may have changed such an idea of the public, according to the Daily Mail, a well-known British newspaper.

In the photo, a cluster of stars around the Auriga twinkling in the vast celestial space illuminate the sky above Mt. Qomolangma. Not so shining as the sunlight, though, the starlight can send its light and heat to the Earth as well.

Lying on the right of the Mt. Qomolangma is the world's fourth highest peak Lozi, with a stupa standing between the two peaks.

The brightest star directly overhead Mt. Qomolangma is Capella, a double star in the Auriga constellation, approximately 42.2 light-years (or 400 trillion km) from the Earth. By contrast, Mt. Qomolangma's height of 8,848.43 m is obviously too small to match.

Auriga means the wagoner of a chariot in Greek. For ancient Greeks, it represented Hephaestus (God of Fire) and his sons.

In the picture, the Aldebaran, a double star in the constellation Taurus, can also be seen. Called the "eyes of the Taurus, it is 68 light-years from the Earth. Above the brightest star of the Taurus is the famous Pleiades, an open star cluster in the Taurus, consisting of several hundred stars, of which seven are visible to naked eyes.

The photo was taken in Nepal's small town of Namche Bazar, an important port of entry to Mt. Qomolangma.

Source: Xinhuanet

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