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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 Forbes.com 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