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Location of Photo:

Near La Serena, Chile

Date/Time of photo:

9. Feb 2024


Canon 90D


The band of the Milky Way above the Chilean desert. In the Milky Way, in addition to numerous open star clusters, the eta Carina Nebula can be seen, below it the Southern Cross and several dark clouds, the most prominent of which is the Coalsack (to the right of the Southern Cross). Toliman and above it Hadar, the two brightest stars of the constellation Centaurus, can be seen above the Andes. Toliman, aka alpha Centauri, is the closest star to the sun that can be seen with the naked eye in the night sky. To the left of Toliman above the Andes, the brightest globular star cluster in the night sky, Omega Centauri, can be recognised as a bright patch of nebulosity. In addition to the Milky Way, the image also shows the two Magellanic Clouds and Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky, at the top of the image.