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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Heart of Our Galaxy

Just before twilight broke this morning, I pointed my camera towards the center of the Milky Way, rising above the Schmidt dome to the southeast. Scorpius (not Scorpio, that's astrology) is seen standing on it's tail on the right side of the image while the teapot shape of Sagittarius can be seen just below and to the right of the dome. The bright star fields are reminiscent of steam coming from the teapot's spout. Spectacular views like this used to be visible to everyone on a dark night, but since we insist on lighting up the night sky for no reason at all, at a cost of billions of dollars annually in the U.S. alone, this beautiful, natural light show is lost for just about everyone now. Canon 20D, 20 seconds, 20mm @ f/2.0, ISO 800


Blogger CameraDawktor said...

Wow! That's truly amazing.

10:39 PM  

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