The Milky Way and its bright central bulge shines above palm trees at the shore of the Pacific Ocean in a clear winter night of the Cook Islands in the southern hemisphere. © P.K. Chen
Did you know the Milky Way has 100 billion planets and roughly 200-400 billion stars?
The summer Milky Way rises above a small lake in this thick forest that blocks the light pollution from nearby towns. Saturn, Mars, and Antares (the alpha star of Scorpius) form a beautiful triangle near the image center. From the photographer: “Lake Bozcaarmut in Turkey is a favorite spot for fishing, camping, barbecue and also stargazing. After the Moon was gone I started this panorama. This was around when Saturn and Mars were closest to us and shining at magnitude 0.0 and -2.0 magnitude. They were 15 degrees apart.” Tunc Tezel
Similar to the famous pictured, pillars of creation, this picture is in the same Eagle Nebula. In fact, if you look closely at the center of the photo you can see them. Although the Eagle Nebula is 6,500 light years distant it is still an easy target for small telescopes!