the galactic centre - milky way galaxy

The clouds finally cleared and the stars shone brightly in the brisk cold of the night air. This fifteen second long-exposure shows the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.


Notable stars and objects included in this frame are: Antares (Alpha Scorpiii), Pipe Nebula, Cat's Paw Nebula, Butterfly cluster (M6), Ptolemy Cluster (M7), Lagoon Nebula (M8).


This photo is included in an amazing article located on by Bruce Dorminey - Decoding A Great Earth Die-Off: Was A Gamma-Ray Burst Really The Trigger?


Another interesting article using the photograph is on a University of British Columbia blog by Joseph Burant - Going Extinct: What Really Killed The Dinosaurs?

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Taken on July 2, 2011