Explanation: WhatÂ planets are those behind that unusualÂ rock spire? Saturn (lower left) and Jupiter.Â This month, after sunset, the bright planetary duo are quite prominent toward the southeast.Â Now your view of our Solar System's largest planets might not include a picturesquehoodoo in the foreground, nor the spectacular central band of our Milky Way Galaxy across the background, but should be quite eye-catching anyway.Â The featuredÂ image is a composite of consecutive foreground and background exposures all taken in late May with the same camera and from the same location -- the badlands of theÂ Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, USA.Â The rock spire, informally dubbed 'Alien Throne', stands about 3 meters tall. Saturn and Jupiter will remain visible together after sunset for several months.
This is one spectacular composition, much thanks.
I know that I'm a little late to the party but I have to say this anyway.
A very beautiful rock formation if it really looks like this in person. But it also looks very delicate.
I've seen this happen time and again throughout my life, there is a beautiful place formation etc. that is found but it is delicate. It endures many years but let the word out about its location and suddenly it is inundated with people who want to picnic, climb, build fires around, worship at, etc., and soon it is reduced to ruins, rubble, garbage heap. I've seen it happen to places I've personally discovered. I'm old.
When publishing a photo like this please don't include a detailed location or it will cease to exist in it's natural, wonderful state. Those who really wish to see it will find it but, hopefully, those people will appreciate it enough to just enjoy its beauty and leave it unscathed.