Holy Cow! The Milky Way!

October 16th, 2006

Just saw something over the weekend that I’d never seen before – the Milky Way. Friday night was very clear, the clearest night we’ve had so far at the new house. After dinner, I wondered how many more stars were visible than in the suburbs. Quite a lot, as it turned out! At first I couldn’t find any familiar constellations because there were too many stars, but directly overhead was a luminous streak. I guessed right away what it was. Eventually I picked out the tail of Cygnus and all of Cassiopeia. Because of all the trees, we only get to view a slice of the sky, but this picture neatly illustrates the slice we saw (of course we didn’t see nearly that much detail).

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