a summer night
frame this sea and skyscape, recorded earlier
this month near Buenos Aires, Argentina.
But planet Earth's
clouds are not the only clouds on the scene.
Starry clouds and nebulae along the southern hemisphere's summer
Milky Way arc above the horizon, including
the dark Coal Sack
near the Southern Cross and the
tantalizing pinkish glow of the Carina Nebula.
Both the Large (top center) and Small Magellanic Clouds
are also in view, small galaxies in their own right and
of the Milky Way
up to 200,000 light-years distant.
Alpha star of the Carina constellation and second
brightest star in Earth's night,
shines above about 300 light-years away.
in sunlight at an altitude of 400 kilometers,
the orbiting International Space Station traces a
streak through the single, 5 minute, star-tracking exposure.
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