Winter Night at Pic du Midi

This dreamlike view looking south from the historic mountain top
Pic du Midi Observatory combines moonlit domes,a winter night sky,
and the snowy peaks of the French Pyrenees. Encroaching on the night,
lights from the La Mongie ski resort illuminate the mountain slopes
nearby while the glow along the distant horizon is from urban areas
in southern France and Spain. The night sky features stars of the
constellations Orion and Gemini with a bright planet Mars very near
the top edge, left of center. The three prominent domes visible
(from left to right) house a 0.6 meter telescope reserved for
amateur astronomers, a 1 meter telescope that was used to support
the Apollo lunar landing missions, and the new, Sun-watching CLIMSO.