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The Winter Milkyway

 

The Winter Milkyway

 

The Milkyway consists of myriads of stars concentrated towards the plane of our galaxy and seen from within. During winter we look towards the opposite direction from the galaxy's center when we observe the Milkyway. The main constellations in this photograph are Orion (lower right), its famous nebula beeing the big white "burned out" spot, and Monoceros on the left side. Several HII regions (red emission nebulae), both large and small, can be seen in this photograph (from top to bottom): IC 443 in Gemini, NGC 2174-5 in northern Orion, the Cone Nebula, Sh2-264 around lambda Orionis, the Rosette Nebula, Barnard's Loop, the Flame Nebula and IC 434 around Alnitak and M42/43, the Great Orion Nebula, and a few fainter ones. The galactic star cluster seen towards the top of the image is M35 in Gemini.

Orion East, zoom lens photograph.
Northern Monoceros, standard lens photograph.
M35 and NGC 2158, refractor photograph.


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