8The Milky Way

The opalescent core of the Milky Way Galaxy often finds its way into prized landscape astrophotography images, as shown by the examples in Figure 8.1. This chapter will explain how to confidently predict when, where, and how it will appear during any night of the year, or even if it will be visible at all! We will begin by examining the Milky Way’s origin, shape, and structure, and then explore how its geometry, coupled with that of the earth and solar system, affects what we see. Next, we will explore the Milky Way’s appearance from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, as well as from space. Finally, we will review a few of ...

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