Ethereal Splendor of The Milky Way’s Galactic Center

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The Milky Way’s Galactic Center is front and center in this image from Vicuña, south of the Atacama Desert Plateau, Chile. Image: Adrien Mauduit of Night Lights Films

Image credit: Adrien Mauduit of Night Lights Films

In this June, 2019 view from Vicuña, south of the Atacama Desert Plateau, Chile, home to ESO’s Very Large Telescope Complex, we stand in awe of the Milky Way’s Galactic Center front and center. Brilliant Jupiter is ‘below’ (east) of red-orange Antares and the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex with the globular cluster Messier (M)-4 ‘above’ (west) of Antares.

Continuing east into Sagittarius, we encounter many favorites of the summer sky such as the beautiful open cluster Messier (M)-7, Messier (M)-8, the Lagoon Nebula, Messier (M)-20, the Trifid Nebula and the beautiful open cluster Messier (M)-21, to name a few.


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