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Winter Milkyway

​As Autumn draws to a close, the familiar wintery scene pops up yet again. Seen here is one of the galactic arms of the Milkyway galaxy, our very own galactic neighbourhood where interstellar dust and newborn stars fill the void.

Towards the centre of the image lies a faint nebula (Greek for ‘clouds’) called the Flaming star nebula, IC405. Looks like a Yin-Yang symbol!

Shift your sight towards the right and you’ll spot two extremely familiar nebulae, made famous by NASA’s APOD. The reddish ‘band’ that lies near the top right is the California nebula, NGC1499 (resembles the state if you tilt your head to the right)

Shift your gaze downwards and you’ll find the famous Pleaides star cluster aka ‘The Seven Sisters’ aka ‘Subaru’. The bluish ‘blob’ is actually faint wispy interstellar dust surrounding the star cluster, illuminated by the surrounding stars nearby.

Keep looking up!

10x 2mins (tracked)

Sony A7iii

Sigma 35mm @ f/2.8

Winter Milkyway

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