Image of the Day: The Milky Way Shadow

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It is said that you can see your shadow by the light of the Milky Way in the night sky of Chile's vast Atacama Desert -home to some of the world's most powerful space telescopes. To do so, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second images of the ground and de-rotated sky were digitally added to bring up the needed light and detail. In the foreground lies Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that tragically ran aground in 1878. The two rocks pictured are the remnants of a collapsed arch and are named Tom and Eva after the only two people who survived that Loch Ard ship wreck. A close inspection of the water just before the rocks will show shadows in light thrown by our Milky Way galaxy. 

Via NASA/APOD

Image Credit and Copyright: Alex Cherney (Terrastro)

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