Milky Way over Argentina observatory


From NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day:

Milky Way over Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastián D' Alessandro. To see the picture in its unadorned glory without the explanatory overlay, click on the image to get to NASA's APOD site.

Milky Way over Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastián D’ Alessandro. To see the picture in its unadorned glory without the explanatory overlay, click on the image to get to NASA’s APOD site.

Stars in the Southern Hemisphere differ a lot from what we see in the North, most famously with the Southern Cross (Crux, in the image above).

Glorious anyway; more glory to go around.

If you click over to the APOD site, you can also see this photo without the overlay, which is another whole world of wonderfulness.

APOD said:

Explanation: What are those streaks of light in the sky? First and foremost, the arching structure is the central band of our Milky Way galaxy. Visible in this galactic band are millions of distant stars mixed with numerous lanes of dark dust. Harder to discern is a nearly vertical beam of light rising from the horizon, just to the right of the image center. This beam is zodiacal light, sunlight scattered by dust in our Solar System that may be surprisingly prominent just after sunset or just before sunrise. In the foreground are several telescopes of the Bosque Alegre Astrophysical Station of the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. The station schedules weekend tours and conducts research into the nature of many astronomical objects including comets, active galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. The featured image was taken early this month.

2 Responses to Milky Way over Argentina observatory

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    1. Did I know you did a mission in Brazil? No, I did not. Interesting fact.

    2. Thanks for dropping by. I’ve never been south of the equator, but the best way to do something like that is spend many days and nights, and really watch the skies. What else did you notice?

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  2. Dean Meservy says:

    As an LDS missionary in far southern Brazil, I loved to look up at the night sky, especially in winter (June, July, August, September) when the Southern Cross was high. Both the Man in the Moon and Orion were upside down, and the sun curved to the north during the day instead of south. But no, the toilets did not flush the opposite way. That’s a myth.

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