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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Posted By Editor On January 6, 2012 @ 7:52 am In Photo Essays | Comments Disabled

From Sagittarius to Scorpius, the central Milky Way is a truly beautiful part of planet Earth’s night sky. The gorgeous region is captured in this wide field image spanning about 30 degrees. The impressive cosmic vista, taken in 2010, shows off intricate dust lanes, bright nebulae, and star clusters scattered through our galaxy’s rich central starfields.

 

gcwide eder 2000 670x453 Astronomy Picture of the Day [1]

A Wide Field Image of the Galactic Center 
Image Credit & Copyright [2]Ivan Eder [3]

Explanation: From Sagittarius to Scorpius [4], the central Milky Way is a truly beautiful part of planet Earth’s night sky. The gorgeous region is captured in this wide field image [5] spanning about 30 degrees. The impressive cosmic vista, taken in 2010, shows off intricate dust lanes, bright nebulae, and star clusters scattered through our galaxy’s rich central starfields [6]. Starting on the left, look for the Lagoon and Trifid [7] nebulae, the Cat’s Paw [8], while on the right lies the Pipe dark nebula [9], and the colorful clouds of Rho Ophiuchi and Antares [10] (right). The actual center of our Galaxy [11] lies about 26,000 light years away and can be [12] found here [13].


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[1] Image: http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/gcwide_eder_2000.jpg

[2] Copyright: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/lib/about_apod.html#srapply

[3] Ivan Eder: http://eder.csillagaszat.hu/en.htm

[4] Sagittarius to Scorpius: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090627.html

[5] in this wide field image: http://eder.csillagaszat.hu/deepsky/350D/sco_sgr_50/sco_sgr_eder_en.html

[6] central starfields: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060716.html

[7] Lagoon and Trifid: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070804.html

[8] Cat’s Paw: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060628.html

[9] Pipe dark nebula: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090522.html

[10] Rho Ophiuchi and Antares: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090708.html

[11] center of our Galaxy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_center

[12] can be: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100831.html

[13] here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhHUNvEKUY8

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