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Winter Milkyway

The image displays a breathtaking view of the Perseus region in the night sky, captured in a widefield format. The photograph showcases the dazzling beauty of this region, which is situated in the northern part of the celestial equator. The Perseus region is well-known for its rich and diverse collection of celestial objects, including clusters of stars, gas clouds, and galaxies. In the foreground, a few prominent stars stand out, while in the background, countless other celestial bodies can be seen shining brightly against the dark expanse of space. The image is a testament to the incredible beauty and vastness of our universe, and a reminder of the awe-inspiring wonders that await us in the cosmos.

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

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