Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Milky Trail
Posted on 06/01/2013 9:05:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Have you ever hiked the Queen's Garden trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA, planet Earth? Walking along that path in this dark night skyscape, you can almost imagine your journey continues along the pale, luminous Milky Way. Of course, the name for our galaxy, the Milky Way (in Latin, Via Lactea), does refer to its appearance as a milky band or path in the sky. In fact, the word galaxy itself derives from the Greek for milk. Visible on moonless nights from dark sky areas, though not so bright or quite so colorful as in this image, the glowing celestial band is due to the collective light of myriad stars along the plane of our galaxy, too faint to be distinguished individually. The diffuse starlight is cut by dark swaths of obscuring galactic dust clouds. Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope on the Milky Way and announced it to be "...a congeries of innumerable stars ..."
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I tried to take a photo of the Milky Way, like this one from Bryce Canyon, UT, but couldn't get it because I have butter fingers.
SunkenCiv, you have done it again!
This is a great picture! Thanks.
Gorgeous picture, thanks!
I hiked that trail several years back, but in the daytime. It was in May, but it was still very hot. Neat trail and a whole different perspective down in the canyon than looing down from the top. The hoodoo shapes were really net.
Beautiful and yet haunting. Makes you feel like you would be alone in the world. Love it. Thanks, Sunky!
We used to see the Milky Way, every summer, when we went on vacation with hubby’s family. And this was in Perdido Key FL, on the end just next to Johnson Beach, where there was not a lot of ambient lighting from condo buildings, restaurants and stores. It was just beautiful!
My pleasure, but I’m just the messenger of course. :’) Thanks for the kind remarks!
Thank you for posting and pinging SunkenCiv. That is awesome!
A downside of living in a city is not seeing magnificent sights like this.
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