Right down near the horizon is Sagittarius – it looks like a teapot, with the Milky Way rising like steam from its spout. Many of the brightest, most spectacular nebulae in the night sky are located around this constellation: the Lagoon Nebula, Trifid Nebula, and the Omega Nebula. The 4 million solar mass supermassive black hole located at the center of the Milky Way is located in this region too.
Further up the Milky Way you can see the three constellations that form the Summer Triangle: Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila.
And right on the left side of the photograph is Cassiopeia, with its familiar “W” shape.
In the lower-right of the image are a few constellations from the zodiac: Scorpio, Libra and Virgo. And if you look closely you can see Saturn making its way across the sky, in the plane of the ecliptic.
If you’re interested in learning about the night sky, I highly recommend you take your time and learn your constellations. These are your wayposts, navigational aides that help you find your way across the Universe, to the wonders right there in the sky above you.
Matt used a Nikon D750 camera with a 24mm f/1.4 lens. The whole image is made up of 20 separate exposures of 15 seconds each, stitched together to make this amazing mosaic. He captured this image from Glacier National Park in Northern Montana.
It's hard to see the difference in color, but you can really see it in a star trail image like this one, taken by Mary Spicer.
Mary used her Canon 1100D with an 18-55 mm lens and wide angle attachment. She took 30 second exposures for 3 hours, collecting all the data to be able to create this star trail images.
To build the final image, she used StarStaX and the cleaned everything up in Adobe Lightroom.
Here's a link to the original image:
This week we have Elizabeth S. Sexton-Kennedy. She works at FermiLab as Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Offline Coordinator. CMS (at CERN/LHC) is a particle detector that is designed to see a wide range of particles and phenomena produced in high-energy proton collisions in the LHC.
This week we have return guest Miguel Drake-McLaughlin. He's the Director of the new documentary, Sky Line, The Space Elevator Documentary.
This week's guest: Mark Jackson is president of Fiat Physica, a crowdfunding platform exclusively for space and astronomy outreach and research.
Hi everyone, we're trying a new experiment this week. We're going to be setting up our Weekly Space Hangout through YouTube Live. I have no idea whether or not this is going to work properly, and what the implications are.
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This week we have Stuart Robbins, Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI); Mars Impact Craters, Science Lead on Moon Mappers and Mercury Mappers.
This week we have Dr. Steve B. Howell, Project Scientist on Kepler, to discuss the great new results coming form the K2 mission - the repurposed Kepler mission.
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This week's guest: Carolyn Collins Petersen - TheSpacewriter; CEO of Loch Ness Productions; author.
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