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Milky Way over Uluru : The central regions of our Milky Way Galaxy rise above Uluru/Ayers Rock in this striking night skyscape. Recorded on July 13, a faint airglow along the horizon shows off central Australias most recognizable landform in silhouette. Of course the Milky Ways own cosmic dust clouds appear in silhouette too, dark rifts along the galaxys faint congeries of stars. Above the central bulge, rivers of cosmic dust converge on a bright yellowish supergiant star Antares. Left of Antares, wandering Saturn shines in the night. via NASA

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Uluru - Northern Territory, Australia 

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is Australia’s most famous natural landmark. Created over 600 million years ago, it once sat at the bottom of the sea, but now rises 348m above ground. The monolith is considered a sacred site to the native people of Australia.

International Space Station resident and Expedition 50 crewmember Thomas Pesquet captured this image of Ayers Rock in Australia last week. Measuring 1.5 miles wide and 2.2 miles long, Uluru, as it is known in traditional Aboriginal dialects, is a large sandstone monolith located near the center of the Austrailian subcontinent.

To the southeast of the rock, to the bottom-right of the rock in the image above, the aboriginal town of Mutitjuju can be seen. The town has a population of around 300.

P/C: Thomas Pesquet

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Milky way over Uluru, Australia

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Dusk til dawn at Uluru, Australia

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Gotta love how the color of Uluru seems to shift as the morning light on it changes

<h>PHOTO OF THE WEEK</h>
This week’s ‘Photo of the Week’ features a spectacular image of the Milky Way over the wilds of Australia. Taken by Bill Karayannis at Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), this fantastic photo really emphasizes the beauty of our Milky Way when put into comparison to the dry environment of Earthy Australia. This magnitude of beauty was further amplified through the zooming in and out undertaken during the shooting of this long exposure, creating the strange star streak effect emanating from the centre of the Milky Way.
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