24 January 2017 | Winter Milky Way

Winter Milky Way Ondrej Králik

Image credit & copyright: Ondrej Králik | Click image to enlarge

Image Data

  • Date: 19 January 2017
  • Location: Fackov, Slovakia
  • Camera: Canon 60Dmod
  • Optics: Sigma 18-35mm
  • Exposure: Panorama 40 x 60s @ISO1600

In this stunning panorama made by Ondrej Králik from Slovakia we can see our home galaxy the Milky Way in all its glory.

Following the Milky Way from left to right, among others we cross the Rosette Nebula, the constellation of Orion with Barnards Loop and the Orion Nebula, the star Aldebaran, the Pleiades, the California Nebula, the Heart & Soul Nebulae, Cassiopeia and much more.

The Milky Way galaxy contains 100-400 billion stars and in 2013 The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Gaia spacecraft with the aim of creating the most complete map ever of the Milky Way galaxy and other nearby objects. It began observing the sky in 2014, and recently the first block of Gaia data has been released by ESA. It includes location data on more than 1.1 billion stars in the Milky Way.

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