A MILKY WAY DAWN
Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi/ESO. CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and links.
This is todays (March 29, 2014) NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD) from European Southern Observatory (ESO) photographer Babak Tafreshi. This photo, taken on March 27, 2014 shows the vast plane of the Milky Way spanning the pre-dawn sky, its core still bright enough in twilight to generate the yellow hue we’re used to seeing. If you look to the “top” of the photo you can see two very bright objects just to the right of the telescope (eastern horizon). That’s the waning crescent Moon coupled with Phosphorus, “the bringer of light” which is what Venus is also known as when it is the Morning star. To the far left you can make out a hint of the Large and Small Magellanic clouds (LMC & SMC). Having never been to the ESO myself, specifically the Very Large Telescope (VLT) seen here, I can only imagine what it’s like to view the night sky from such a place.
NASA APOD page for this photo: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Babak Tafreshi, The World At Night (TWAN) page: http://www.twanight.org/Tafreshi
ESO Ultra HD Expedition: http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/ultra-high-definition/