November 21, 2012

Milky Way over Switzerland

Milky Way Galaxy - Switzerland

What's visible in the night sky on this picture? To help illustrate the answer, a beautiful land, cloud and skyscape was captured in February 2011 over Neuch√Ętel, Switzerland. Visible in the foreground were the snow covered cliffs of the amphitheater shaped Creux du Van, as well as distant trees, and town-lit clouds. Visible in the night sky were galaxies including the long arch of the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy (M31), and the Triangulum galaxy (M33). Star clusters visible included NGC 752, M34, M35, M41, the double cluster, and the Beehive (M44). Nebulas visible included the Orion Nebula (M42), NGC 7822, IC 1396, the Rosette Nebula, the Flaming Star Nebula, the California Nebula, the Heart and Soul Nebulas, and the Pacman Nebula.

Image Credit & Copyright: Stephane Vetter
Explanation from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110221.html

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