From Sagittarius to
Carina, the Milky Way Galaxy
shines in this dark night sky
above planet Earth's lush island paradise
Familiar to denizens of the southern hemisphere,
gorgeous skyscape includes the bulging
galactic center at the upper left and bright stars
Alpha and Beta Centauri just right of
About 10 kilometers wide, volcanic
the southern most of the Cook Islands.
Geologist estimate that at 18 million years old
it is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean.
Of course, the Milky Way is somewhat older, with the galaxy's
estimated to be over 13 billion years old.
image holds the distinction of being selected as winner in
the Royal Greenwich Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the
Year competition in the Earth and Space category.)