Well here we are! Our final astronomy advent calendar image for 2011 is here, and we’re just one sleep away from Santa’s visit…
It seemed appropriate therefore that the Christmas Eve image be one with a certain magical, mystical quality, and few come more striking than this!
The familiar outline of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming appeared many times throughout the film, in shaving foam, mashed potato and even a huge scale model built by Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) in his lounge!
Captured in the summer by amateur photographer Eric Hines of Valparaiso, Indiana, his image is truly out of this world! I almost wish there was an alien ship streaking across the sky!
All of us at Sky-Watching wish our visitors and kind commenters throughout 2011 a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year. Thank you for sharing our interest and enthusiasm and keeping this blog far busier than we could have believed!