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A Scorpius Sky Spectacular

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A Scorpius Sky Spectacular

If Scorpius looked this good to the unaided eye,
humans might remember it better.

more typically appears as a few bright stars in a well known but rarely pointed out

To get a spectacular image like
this, though, one needs a good
camera, color
and a digital image processor.

To bring out detail, the
above image not only involved long duration exposures taken in several colors,
but one exposure in a
very specific red color emitted by
that brings out great detail.

The resulting image shows many breathtaking features.

Vertically across the image left is part of the
plane of our
Milky Way Galaxy.

Visible there are vast clouds of bright stars and long filaments of dark

Jutting out diagonally from the
Milky Way in the image center are
dark dust bands known as the
Dark River.

This river connects to several bright stars on the right that are part of
Scorpius' head and claws,
and include the bright star

Above and right of Antares is an even brighter planet Jupiter.

Numerous red
emission nebulas and blue
reflection nebulas
are visible throughout the image.

appears prominently in southern skies after sunset during the middle of the year.

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