Summer night sky in Sant Llorenç, Catalunya
Milky Way Galaxy and Red Airglow by Igor Chilingarian
The Great Rift
Taken by Stéphane Guisard, an ESO engineer and world-renowned astrophotographer, from Cerro Paranal, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, this image directly benefits from the quality of Paranal’s sky, one of the best on the planet. The image shows the region spanning the sky from the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer) to Scorpius (the Scorpion). The very colourful Rho Ophiuchi and Antares region features prominently to the right, as well as much darker areas, such as the Pipe and Snake Nebulae. The dusty lane of our Milky Way runs obliquely through the image, dotted with remarkable bright, reddish nebulae, such as the Lagoon and the Trifid Nebulae, as well as NGC 6357 and NGC 6334. This dark lane also hosts the very center of our Galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is lurking.
My first Astrophotography photo - Distances: Andromeda, The Milky Way and us
Our Sky 3.75 billion years from now.
NASA astronomers announced Thursday they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.
The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It is likely the sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.
NASA has created a video depicting Earth’s night sky during the next four billion years, with the Milky Way on a head-on collision with Andromeda.
A still more glorious dawn awaits, not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise.
A morning filled with 400 billion suns.
The rising of the Milky Way.
— Carl Sagan