Galaxy Over the Dome by Neil Creek Via Flickr: A 380 megapixel panorama of the Milky Way Galaxy rising over the dome at Mount Burnett Observatory. I was there late one night recently, shooting the stars, when my telescope battery died. So I thought I’d try and capture an image I’ve had in my head for a while. This took me all day to process!
Nicknamed the Southern Pinwheel, M83 is undergoing more rapid star formation than our own Milky Way galaxy, especially in its nucleus. The sharp “eye” of the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) has captured hundreds of young star clusters, ancient swarms of globular star clusters, and hundreds of thousands of individual stars, mostly blue supergiants and red supergiants.
This celestial lightsaber does not lie in a galaxy far, far away, but rather inside our home galaxy, the Milky Way. It’s inside a turbulent birthing ground for new stars known as the Orion B molecular cloud complex, located 1,350 light-years away.
In the center of the image, partially obscured by a dark, Jedi-like cloak of dust, a newborn star shoots twin jets out into space as a sort of birth announcement to the universe