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Galactic Storm

This
is fantastic – and since it’s impossible to capture the grandeur of the
image on Neatorama’s teeny 500 pixel-wide image format, we won’t even
try.

Instead, you should head on over to Earth Science Picture of the Day
to enjoy "Galactic Storm" by photographer Bret
Webster
, who wrote:

The photo above showing the Milky Way stretching across the desert
sky and a distant monsoon thunderstorm on the horizon was captured just
outside of Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.

I had been out taking some nighttime images of the sky in Canyonlands
National Park, but as I was driving towards Dead Horse Point, I realized
that the Milky Way was aligning perfectly with a thunderstorm cell well
to the south of my location. So, I popped out of the car and snapped
this shot.

Fortunately, the sky overhead was still clear and very dark. The
anvil top of the cumulonimbus cloud was just below the central portion
(densest area) of the Milky Way. Altair is the bright star at upper
left center – in the constellation of Aquila. Just above and to
the left of the cloud tops the constellation of Sagittarius can be seen.
Corona Australis is the semielliptical grouping of stars below Sagittarius
and to the left of the storm.

Link
– via Bad
Astronomy

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Date
March 17th, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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