The grand conjunction

A quick tour of our neighbourhood

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One of my nerdly retirement projects involves getting pictures of the Milky Way, with help from Boris Haeussler who works at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Boris took this panorama (I did some Photoshopping) of the section of the Milky Way that is only visible from the Southern Hemisphere. It shows the Southern Cross and the Magellanic Clouds. The Magellanic Clouds are small satellite Galaxies of the Milky Way.

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Milky Way from Marathon TX,  in March it rises in early morning parallel to the horizon.