From Sagittarius to Scorpius, the central
Milky Way is a truly beautiful part of planet Earth's night sky.
The gorgeous region is captured in this wide field image
spanning about 30 degrees.
The impressive cosmic vista, taken in 2010, shows off intricate dust lanes, bright nebulae, and star clusters
scattered through our galaxy's rich
Starting on the left, look for the
Lagoon and Trifid nebulae, the
Cat's Paw, while on the right lies
the Pipe dark nebula, and the colorful clouds of
Rho Ophiuchi and Antares (right).
center of our Galaxy lies about 26,000 light years away and
can be found