milky days

In parts of Antarctica, not only is it winter, but the Sun can spend weeks below the horizon.At China's Zhongshan Station, people sometimes venture out into the cold to photograph a spectacular night sky.The featured image from one such outing was taken in mid-July, just before the end of this polar night.Pointing up, the wide angle lens captured not only the ground at the bottom, but at the top as well. In the foreground is a colleague also taking pictures.In the distance, a spherical satellite receiver and several windmills are visible.Numerous stars dot the night sky, including Sirius and Canopus.Far in the background, stretching overhead from horizon to horizon, is the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy.Even further in the distance, visible as extended smudges near the top, are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies near our huge Milky Way Galaxy.

Credit: NASA

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If you can find Orion, you might be able to find the Winter Hexagon. The Winter Hexagon involves some of the brightest stars visible, together forming a large and easily found pattern in the winter sky of Earth’s northern hemisphere. The stars involved can usually be identified even in the bright night skies of a big city. The six stars that compose the Winter Hexagon are Aldebaran, Capella, Castor (and Pollux), Procyon, Rigel, and Sirius. Here, the band of our Milky Way Galaxy runs through the center of the Winter Hexagon, while the Pleiades open star cluster is visible just above. The Winter Hexagon asterism engulfs several constellations including much of the iconic steppingstone Orion.

Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai (TWAN)

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[TRANS] VIXX - Milky Way Lyrics

Yeah, you’re my bright light
We’re walking on the Milky Way

Since the day I started walking with you step by step, everyday
I feel proud for no reason
I feel confident whatever I do
Could it be that you came inside my head
To tickle me
My lips keep going up smiling
It won’t come down

(Girl, you are my bright light)
Even I shine, I’ll make you shine brighter tonight
(Girl, I am your bright light)
You just shine for me, girl
No more question, answer
We’re the answer for each other

Yeah, don’t doubt our relationship
I won’t ever turn back if it’s you in front of me

All the stars in the black night sky
Gather it all, it all
I’ll shine brighter for you
Baby, you’re my, you’re my
My face reflected in your two eyes
It’s all full of twinkling smiles
More than anything in the world that shines
For me, it’s you, just you

Your beauty hits me endlessly,
A lovely hurricane
I can’t get over you easily, I keep falling deeper
You come into my heart again
And increase my temperature
My heart keeps beating hard
It can’t calm down

(Girl, you are my Starlight)
The whole world in a blue light tonight
(Girl, I am your star, right)
I’ll make you shine forever, girl
No more question, answer
We’re the answer for each other

I’ll pay back your love by making you feel even more
Moved and touched than how you made me feel

All the stars in the black night sky
Gather it all, it all
I’ll shine brighter for you
Baby, you’re my, you’re my
My face reflected in your two eyes
It’s all full of twinkling smiles
More than anything in the world that shines
For me, it’s you, just you

Ah, I like you so much, I can’t control myself
 You with such pretty hearts, be my baby nuna
Ah, I like you so so so much
Break all the apartments
I like you so so much, break the Earth
I already told you, I’ll turn the whole world into our galaxy
I don’t want anyone else
I wish upon the night sky again
Our times we’ll spend together is longer
Than the times we’ve already spent

Every time, like an unimagined gift
I draw closer to you, my girl
These steps towards stars
Shining highway
You’re my Milky Way
Is this how you feel
You smile at me like a little child
My heart that holds you inside
Feels like it will melt

Whenever, I’ll watch you
As I shine, so bright
Wherever, all we need is
To be together, so bright
Days filled with more happiness than sadness
There’ll be more things to laugh about from now
For us, so right

All the stars in the black night sky
Gather it all, it all
I’ll shine brighter for you
Baby, you’re my, you’re my
My face reflected in your two eyes
It’s just full of twinkling smiles
More than anything in the world that shines
For me, it’s you, just you
Quick note: In the chorus, “I’ll shine brighter for you” is 너를 더 눈부시게 할게 which could also be translated as “I’ll make you shine brighter” ♡

Translator: marrymeN @starlightsgift
Hangul Lyrics: Naver 

The spiky stars in the foreground of this sharp cosmic portrait are well within our own Milky Way Galaxy. The two eye-catching galaxies lie far beyond the Milky Way, at a distance of over 300 million light-years. Their distorted appearance is due to gravitational tides as the pair engage in close encounters. Cataloged as Arp 273 (also as UGC 1810), the galaxies do look peculiar, but interacting galaxies are now understood to be common in the universe. In fact, the nearby large spiral Andromeda Galaxy is known to be some 2 million light-years away and approaching the Milky Way. Arp 273 may offer an analog of their far future encounter. Repeated galaxy encounters on a cosmic timescale can ultimately result in a merger into a single galaxy of stars. From our perspective, the bright cores of the Arp 273 galaxies are separated by only a little over 100,000 light-years.

Image Credit &Copyright:Wolfgang Ries/Stefan Heutz(Astrokooperation)

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Around The World In 80 Days: Syria

Mountain Gate
Photo Credit: (Ahmad Ktaich)
Desert And Milky Way
Photo Credit: (Omran Alahmad)
Golden Sunset
Photo Credit: (Ziad Hunesh)

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