Day 107. Milky Way over Yallingup

I had high hopes of getting a decent picture of the Milky Way tonight, but there was a gusty wind up on the hill overlooking Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste, near Dunsborough (WA), and most of the frames I took were blurred. So though I’m not happy with the pic it was still an awesome sight to see our galaxy stretched out above me. If not a little spooky (there are some really strange sounds in the bush at night…).

The two smudges on the right are the large and small Magellanic clouds (LMC and SMC), two irregular dwarf galaxies, 170,000 and 240,000 light years distant respectively, and some of the farthest naked eye objects you can see (the Andromeda galaxy is over 2 million light years away). The LHC has maybe 30 billion stars and the SMC a few hundred million. Makes you feel kind of small…

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