This is image gives you a sense of what it means to live inside our galaxy.
The graceful arc of the Milky Way begins and ends at two mountain peaks in this solemn night sky panorama. Created from a 24 frame mosaic, exposures tracking Earth and sky were made separately, with northern California's Mount Lassen at the left and Mount Shasta at the far right, just below the star and dust clouds of the galactic center. Lassen and Shasta are volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain Range of North America, an arc of the volcanic Pacific Ring of Fire. In the dim, snow-capped peaks, planet Earth seems to echo the subtle glow of the Milky Way's own faint, unresolved starlight.
Rather than start a new thread for every good-looking image, this tread will house them all. While the thread is in the Astrometrics forum, I expect other non-astronomy beautiful images to come in here later from me and other people. The admin crew might even move a post from other miscellaneous threads to this one when they find them, rather than leaving them splattered about.
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