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.