Mt. Pinos and San Joaquin Valley #3332

#3332 Mt. Pinos and San Joaquin Valley by JVPD
Ask any astronomer where the best stargazing site in Southern California is, and chances are they'll say Mt. Pinos. In this perspective view generated from SRTM elevation data the snow-capped peak is seen rising to an elevation of 2,692 meters (8,831 feet), in stark contrast to the flat agricultural fields of the San Joaquin valley seen in the foreground. Below the summit, but still well away from city lights, the Mt. Pinos parking lot at 2,468 meters (8,100 feet) is a popular viewing area for both amateur and professional astronomers and astro-photographers. For visualization purposes, topographic heights displayed in this image are exaggerated two times. You can see crops in the foreground.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/NIMA [0003-0701-0722-5159] by 0003

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