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The Large Magellanic Cloud in Trees
Alan: "The Large Magellanic Cloud satellite galaxy to the Milky Way low in the sky amid trees and haze, with the stars fuzzy from the high cloud passing through, accentuating the colours of the stars."

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. At a distance of 50 kiloparsecs (≈163,000 light-years), the LMC is the third-closest galaxy to the Milky Way. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: http://AmazingSky.com
Location: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
Image Date: April 18, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies

Technical details: This is a stack of 5 x 2.5-minute exposures, tracked, with the 85mm Rokinon lens at f/2 and Canon 5D MkII at ISO 2500.

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #Magellanic #Cloud #LMC #Galaxy #Panorama #Coonabarabran #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM
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OzSky 2017 Observer with Binocular Chair
Alan: "An observer at the 2017 OzSky Star Party looking at the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) with the 150mm Fujinon binocular chair, at the Warrumbungles Motel site in Australia."

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. At a distance of 50 kiloparsecs (≈163,000 light-years), the LMC is the third-closest galaxy to the Milky Way. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: http://AmazingSky.com
Location: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
Image Date: April 23, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #Magellanic #Cloud #LMC #Galaxy #Panorama #Coonabarabran #BinocularChair #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM
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OzSky 2017 Observer at Dobsonian Telescope
Alan: "An observer, David Battigal, at the 2017 OzSky Star Party in Australia aims one of the large Dobsonain telescopes at a target in the southern Milky Way."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: AmazingSky.com
Location: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
Image Date: April 23, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Panorama #Coonabarabran #Dobsonian #Telescope #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM
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This is "Steve"

Paul: "So much talk about 'Steve'...that unexplained celestial phenomenon we've been witnessing around here during aurora events. Hopefully all that buzz will fast-track the research surrounding the odd, static, purplish pillar. Exciting!"

"Unlike the Northern Lights, Steve is rather static. On that occasion, after noticing where the pillar was from a different location, I had time to drive 15 minutes to Vermilion Lakes to line it up with Mount Rundle. It was still hovering in the same spot!"

The Vermilion Lakes are a series of lakes located immediately west of Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The three lakes are formed in the Bow River valley, in the Banff National Park, at the foot of Mount Norquay. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: Paul Zizka
Location: Vermilion Lakes, Alberta, Canada
Release Date: April 24, 2017

+Paul Zizka
+Paul Zizka Photography
+TELUS Spark

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Planet #Steve #ProtonArc #Phenomenon #VermilionLakes #RockyMountains #Banff #NationalPark #Alberta #Canada #ExploreCanada #Photography #Astrophotography #Art #STEM #Education
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Carina-Centaurus Nebulae Mosaic (labeled)
Alan: "A mosaic of the amazingly rich area of Carina and Centaurus with their many superb nebulas and star clusters in this southernmost area of the Milky Way."

"The Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) is at upper right; the Running Chicken Nebula (IC 2948) is at lower left (aka the Lambda Centauri Nebula). The small red and magenta nebulas at centre are NGC 3603 and NGC 3576."

"The Southern Pleiades cluster (IC 2602) is at bottom right. The Pearl Cluster (NGC 3766) is above the Running Chicken at left. The cluster IC 2714 is to the right of the Chicken amid dark nebulas. The Gem Cluster (NGC 3324) is above and right of the Carina Nebula but small and unresolved here. The Football Cluster (NGC 3532) is top centre, though partly lost amid the rich starfield."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: AmazingSky.com
Location: Tibuc Gardens Cottage, Coonabarabran, Australia.
Image Date: April 19, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies
+American Astronomical Society
+National Science Teachers Association

Technical details: "This is a mosaic of three segments, taken with the camera in portrait orientation, stitched with Photoshop to make a square framing of the area. Each segment was a stack of 4 x 2-minute exposures at f/2.8 with the 20mm Canon L-series lens and filter-modified Canon 5D MkII at ISO 2500. Tracked on the AP400 mount but unguided."

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #StarClusters #Nebulae #Nebula #Carina #Centaurus #Panorama #Coonabarabran #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM #Infographic
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OzSky 2017 Observer with Milky Way Backdrop
Alan: "An observer at the 2017 OzSky Star Party peers into the southern sky with the Milky Way galactic centre rising behind him and as a bright backdrop. At the Warrumbungles Motel site in Australia."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: AmazingSky.com
Location: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
Image Date: April 23, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Panorama #Coonabarabran #Dobsonian #Telescope #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM
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Scorpius, Sagittarius and the Galactic Center (labeled)
Alan: "The spectacular area around the Galactic Centre of the Milky Way in Scorpius (at right) and Sagittarius (at left) as shot from Australia with this area nearly overhead in the wee hours of an April morning. Saturn is left of centre. Yellow Antares is right of centre. The region is rich in nebulas and star clusters. The Dark Horse and Pipe Nebula is above centre. The Sagittarius Starcloud is left of centre. The Small Sagittarius Starcloud, M24, is at upper left in the Milky Way."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: http://AmazingSky.com
Location: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
Image Date: April 23, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies
+American Astronomical Society
+National Science Teachers Association
+Clark Planetarium
+Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
+Planetarium Hamburg
+Planetarium Mannheim
+Planetarium Freiburg
+Planetarium i Obserwatorium Astronomiczne im. Mikołaja Kopernika

Technical details: This is a stack of 5 x 3-minute exposures with the 35mm Canon L-Series lens at f/2.8 and filter-modified Canon 5D MkII at ISO 1600, with an additional exposure taken through the Kenko Softon A filter layered in to add the star glows.

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #StarClusters #Nebulae #Nebula #Saturn #Planet #Panorama #Dobsonian #Telescope #Coonabarabran #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM #Education #Infographic
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OzSky 2017 Observers with The Milky Way
Alan: "Observers at the 2017 OzSky Star Party in Australia check their charts for hunting down targets with one of the large Dobsonian telescopes at the Warrumbungles Motel site. The centre of the Galaxy rises behind them."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's website: AmazingSky.com
Location: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
Image Date: April 23, 2017

+Alan Dyer
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Panorama #Coonabarabran #Dobsonian #Telescope #NewSouthWales #NSW #Australia #Astrophotography #LightPollution #Art #STEM #Education
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Lyrids Meteors above Charmouth Beach Huts
Stephen: "Charmouth doesn’t have many beach huts, but as they say, quality over quantity! Having first travelled to Kimmeridge on this late April night, and cloud ruining the party, I rushed back to West Dorset where the forecast was clear at 3am. I got there just as the cloud cleared the core of the Milky Way, which was fast rising in the south east. I shot 2-minute exposures until astronomical twilight at 3:40am, then turned my tracker off to capture the foreground. During that time, I captured four meteors streaking across the sky."

Charmouth is a village and civil parish at the mouth of the River Char in West Dorset, England. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: Stephen Banks
Stephen's website: http://dorsetscouser.com
Location: Charmouth, West Dorset, England, UK
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Technical details: Sky exposures compiled of 16x 2-minute exposures on a iOptron SkyTracker Pro, Nikon D800, Samyang 14/2.8, f/4, ISO 800. Foreground was an 8-minute exposure at ISO 400.

#Earth #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Lyrid #Lyrids #Meteors #Meteor #Cosmos #Universe #SolarSystem #Panorama #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Charmouth #Dorset #England #UK #UnitedKingdom #STEM #Education
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Europe by night | International Space Station
ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France: "Europe by night, under clear skies is a carpet of lights!"

"De nuit le continent européen brille de mille feux quand le ciel est dégagé ! Vive l'Europe !"

Credit: ESA/NASA
Image Date: March 27, 2017

+Thomas Pesquet
+CNES
+DLR, German Aerospace Center
+European Space Agency, ESA
+NASA Johnson Space Center
+NASA Earth Observatory
+Commission for Dark Skies
+International Dark-Sky Association

#NASA #ESA #ISS #Earth #Science #Night #Astronaut #ThomasPesquet #Proxima #Expedition50 #Technology #Photography #JSC #CNES #France #Europe #OverviewEffect #OrbitalPerspective #STEM #Education
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