Subject: The first sunrise of the Third Millennium!
Telescope: TeleVue 102mm f/8.6 APO refractor @ f/6.9 - 704mm
Mount: Fixed tripod
Film: 35mm Fujichrome Provia 100
Location: Laguna Niguel, California
Date: 01/01/01, 6:59am PST
Comments: An image that can only be captured every 1000 years, the Sun rises to greet the first day of the Third Millennium, January 1, 2001 AD. The last time this occurred was January 1, 1001 AD(the beginning of the Second Millennium) and the next will be January 1, 3001 AD(the beginning of the Fourth Millennium). More information on the Millennium can be found on the U.S. Naval Observatory website.
The hills in the foreground are the Santa Margarita mountains in extreme northern San Diego county, 20 miles away.