Kamikochi by Night

By: Shingo Takei


Region: Asia

Site: Nagano - Japan

Spot: Kamikochi

Date: April 2015

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A starry spring night of Lake Taisho in Kamikochi, Japan. Polaris (upper left), Cassiopeia (center), and a streaking light appear in the sky. It looks like a meteor but it is created by a satellite reflecting sunlight while rotating around itself. This is an Iridium Flare, created by one of the Iridium communication satellites. Click the constellation icon above the image for a close-up view of the flare. Kamikōchi is a remote mountainous highland valley which has been preserved in its natural state within Chubu-Sangaku National Park. It is designated as one of Japan's National Cultural Assets.

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