I meant to post this last night/this morning when I got home from work, and forgot to do so. So, here it is, a few hours late – the astronomy picture of the day.
The Milky Way over Utah
Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (Astropics.com)
Explanation: If sometimes it appears that the entire Milky Way Galaxy is raining down on your head, do not despair. It happens twice a day. As the Sun rises in the East, wonders of the night sky become less bright than the sunlight scattered by our own Earth’s atmosphere, and so fade from view. They will only rotate back into view when the Earth again eclipses our bright Sun at dusk. This battle between heaven and Earth was captured dramatically over a rock formation at Capitol Reef National Park Utah, USA in 2003 May. Dark dust, millions of stars, and bright glowing red gas highlight the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, which lies on average thousands of light years behind Earth’s mountains.
Click the image for the full size view. It’s really quit an awesome sight.
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