20 January 2017 | River of Stars

River of Stars

Image credit & copyright: Lóránd Fényes | Click image to enlarge or click here for full-size

Image Data

  • Location: Isabis, Namibia
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1200D (mod)
  • Optics: Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4
  • Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer
  • Exposure: 234 x 240s @ ISO 800

The Milky Way galaxy is made up of stars, planets, clouds of gas, and a zoo of other objects and features. In this stunning image made by Lóránd Fényes from Hungary, the seemingly flowing river of stars shows the plethora of beauty it has to offer.

As we are looking towards the very centre of our own Milky Way galaxy not only the countless nebulae inhabiting it are visible, in the lower left part also visible are the planets Mars (bright orange) and Saturn (right of Mars).

All this beauty combined is impressively massive: the Milky Way galaxy is between 400 billion and 780 billion times the mass of our Sun.

The Milky Way is part of a collection of galaxies known as The Local Group of Galaxies. Along with the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way is one of the Group’s most massive members, around which many smaller satellite galaxies orbit. The Magellanic Clouds are famous examples, which can easily be seen with the naked eye from the southern hemisphere.

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