Milky Way Galaxy
We took this picture of the sky by setting our digital camera on the hood of our car and using the remote shutter release. The bright star in the lower left is Altair, in the constellation of Aquila. The bright area just to the right of center is in Scutum. Dust clouds can be seen blocking out light from stars near the center of our galaxy.

The Milky Galaxy is about 100,000 light-years in diameter and our Sun is about 30,000 light years from the center.

For a beautiful All-Sky panorama of the Milky Way, see the mosaic created by Axel Mellinger.

July 8, 2002, 12:30am
Onizuka Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Nikon CoolPix 995 digital camera
60s exposure