Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Milky Way Over Spain's Bardenas Reales
Posted on 09/02/2013 12:33:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What's that below the Milky Way? First, across the top of the above image, lies the faint band that is our planet's sideways view of the central disk of our home Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way band can be seen most clear nights from just about anywhere on Earth with a dark sky. What lies beneath is, by comparison, is a much less common sight. It is the striking peak of Castildetierra, a rock formation located in Bardenas Reales, a natural badlands in northeast Spain. Standing 50 meters tall, the rock spire includes clay and sandstone left over from thousands of years of erosion by wind and water. The astrophotographer waited months for the sky to appear just right -- and then took the 14 exposures that compose the above image in a single night.
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[Credit & Copyright: Maria Rosa Vila]
Ummmmm.....Sunken Civ?........Freud would have a field day with the photos you post.
I don’t know. For some reason, that photo reminds me of the time Stacy took me into the woods after the pep rally to show me the Big Dipper.
Our Earth is in the Milky Way, and yet we can see it away out there in space? Splain me this, please.
No thank you. I don’t like almond roca.
I ate at a Taco Bell once. Let’s see if I can translate this. A vise on a rock is solo on a rock. This kind of stuff kept me out of Harvard. That and some security guards.
“Sometimes a rock is just a rock”?
Oh, let me tell you, Stacy was a cheerleader. When she shook her Pom Poms, all the guys cheered.
The Milky Way Galaxy, like most other galaxies, is a clump of stars and gas arranged in the form of a disk that has diameter of about 160,000 light years. The sun is located about 26,000 light years from the center of the disk.
If we look along the plane of the disk, we see dense arrays of stars. This is the equivalent of looking edgewise at a computer disk or an old LP record. If we look outward from the disk (perpendicular to its plane), we see mostly empty sky. This is the perspective of a bug sitting on the record and looking up.
Our milky way is huge...we can see its tail from here...
Oops well i got the gist...
That rock was put there by the Wiener campaign.
I think I got it, sorta. Thanks for trying. Are Polaris, the Dippers, the two Ursas, et cetera, in the Milky Way?.
“Are Polaris, the Dippers, the two Ursas, et cetera, in the Milky Way?.”
Any star that you can see with your naked eye, and a lot more that you can’t (roughly 200 billion) belong to the Milky way.
Rather extensive, isn’t it??!!