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The Great Rift | by LaydeeDem
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The Great Rift

The Great Rift is an area of dark bands stretching from the constellation Cygnus to the constellation Centaurus. They are thought to be clouds of interstellar dust in our galaxy's spiral arms.


Two satellites can be seen crossing the sky in this mosaic. The first (bottom left) is likely USA 182 aka Lacrosse 5, a radar reconnaissance satellite and the second (center) is likely a spent stage from the Soviet Zenit-2 rocket that launched Cosmos 1697, a Tselina-2 radio surveillance satellite.



Gear Used:

Canon 350D

Canon EFS 18-55mm

NyxTech NyxTracker


Acquisition Info:

6 panel mosaic

1x60" sub exposures per panel

6 min total integration time

ISO 1600


18mm focal length


Software Used:

Adobe Photoshop CS5.1




-A sliver of the bottom-right corner is cloned data.

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Uploaded on March 30, 2019