We already know the Department of the Interior's Instagram game is on point, but these gorgeous shots of the night sky are something else.
The agency manages more than 500 million acres of public lands across the country -- more than enough space to find a perfect starscape. It may be winter, but there's still plenty to explore during the season at one of America's 59 national parks.
Take a look at the top 10 night sky photos from the Interior Department's account that were posted over the past year, and follow along throughout 2015 @usinterior.
Photo courtesy of David Lane.
America's first #nationalmonument, Devils Tower is a geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie in #Wyoming. David Lane (@drlane56) captured this amazing 16-image panorama of the monument illuminated by the #MilkyWay and green airglow. Of visiting #DevilsTower, David says: "From ancient stories of the Pleiades taking refuge at the top to the generations of Native Americas that held it sacred, it had a deep sense of age and a stoic nature that impressed me. It's so unexpected, so large in person, so steeped in traditions."
Photo courtesy of Joseph Taylor (@joe__taylor).
America’s public lands, like #Yosemite #NationalPark in California (pictured here), are some of the best places for stargazing. Joseph Taylor (@joe__taylor) captured this stunner of the endless #MilkyWay galaxy floating above the granite monoliths -- Washington Column and #HalfDome -- in @YosemiteNPS’s Stoneman Meadow. "To be a part of a beautiful moment on Earth like this one is always breathtaking, but to capture it with my camera was incredible,” says Joseph. Want to be featured on @USInterior’s Instagram account and our other social media channels? Tag us in your amazing images of national parks, wildlife refuges (@usfws) or @mypubliclands, and we could end up sharing your photo of America’s public lands!
Photo courtesy of Toby Harriman (www.tobyharriman.com).
Tunnel View in #Yosemite #NationalPark (@yosemitenps) provides one of the most famous views of the Yosemite Valley. From here you can see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from the valley, with Half Dome in the background. Toby Harriman (@tobyharriman) snapped this photo from that viewpoint a few weeks ago on as low fog rolled into the valley -- capturing conditions he had always dreamed of. His favorite part of the photo: The climber's headlamp that is visible mid way up El Capitan on the left. Photo courtesy of @tobyharriman.
Photo courtesy of Jacob Frank (@jwfrankphotography).
Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.
Photo by Beau Johnson (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo by Lian Law, National Park Service.
Photo courtesy of Matt Newman.
Photo courtesy of David Shield.
Photo courtesy of Nina McIntosh (@alohaninalove).