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120607 the emu

163rd of my one-per-day photos for 2007.

I've been wanting to do this image, despite the limitations of my digital cameras, for several years. It shows the brightest parts of the core-ward spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. Dark dust lanes obscure the view but out of these the Australian aboriginies formed the emu. To me it's a far more impressive sight than any of the 88 star-based constellations I grew up with.

The head of the emu is at top-right, just below the kite-shaped Southern Cross.

The body of the emu occupies the whole centre-left and the legs trail out the lower-left edge. The brightest looking "star" is the planet Jupiter.

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Taken on June 12, 2007