Red Heart of the Scorpion on the Horizon

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Image Credit & Copyright: Jared Blash.

This image comes to us from Jared Blash and it was taken under the dark skies of Maine’s jagged coastline.  The Milky Way galaxy in this image stands tall like a pillar as the light of a hundred billion stars light the nighttime skies.  I find the detail in this image just fantastic as the dust lanes and star colors really stand out with the light shining from behind.  On the horizon you can see the red heart of the scorpion; red supergiant Antares in the constellation Scorpius shows the way south.

The absolute best time to image the Milky Way is during the summer months which run roughly from April through September (for northern hemisphere observers).  During these months, the core of the Milky Way reaches its highest point in the sky all year and that reveals to us, the core of the…

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Author: rjbailey

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