Montana is known as “Big Sky Country” including spectacular nights in which the Milky Way illuminates the night sky.
This photo was taken near Columbus, Montana about 40 miles from the state’s largest city, Billings.
Away from the city lights, the Milky Way takes command and constellations including Orion’s Belt belt are awe-inspiring.
Orion’s Belt is an “asterism” of three stars that appear to form the belt of Orion, the Hunter. It’s one of the most famous asterisms used by amateur astronomers. Asterisms are patterns of stars of similar brightness.
If you haven’t yet had the incredible experience of stargazing in Montana, promise yourself you’ll put it on the bucket list. Amazing.