ECKHARD SLAWIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ECKHARD SLAWIK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Central Milky Way. Optical image of the central region of the Milky Way. North is at top. The brightest part of the Milky Way lies in the zodiacal constellations Sagittarius (centre) and Scorpius (lower right). The Milky Way is the band of light crossing the sky comprised of the millions of stars in the plane of our galaxy. Dark dust lanes are seen obscuring the light from stars behind them.
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