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Location of Photo:

Near La Serena, Chile

Date/Time of photo:

11. Nov 2023


Canon 90D


The Milky Way in northern winter appears pale in comparison to its summer counterpart, which can already be seen to some extent from cities in the night sky. This image shows the Milky Way from the constellation Gemini (right) to the constellation Vela (left). In the northern summer, you can look along the Milky Way band towards the centre of the Milky Way, which is located in the constellation Sagittarius. In winter, on the other hand, the view along the Milky Way band is directed away from the centre and out of the Milky Way. Despite the significantly lower brightness of the winter Milky Way, numerous dark clouds can also be recognised in it if the sky is sufficiently dark. In addition to the prominent constellation of Orion, the image also shows the two brightest stars in the night sky, Sirius (near the centre of the image) and Canopus (bottom left). In addition, numerous open star clusters and reddish glowing HII regions can be recognised along the band of the Milky Way.