Friday, January 5, 2018
Carina over Lake Ballard
from: NASA APOD
Image Credit &
A jewel of the southern sky,
the Great Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372,
is one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions.
Easily visible to the unaided eye it stands high above the signature hill
of Lake Ballard, ephemeral salt lake of
Australia, in this serene
night skyscape from December 25, 2017.
The Milky Way itself stretches beyond the southern horizon.
Along the Milky Way, bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri lie
just above the hill's right flank, with the
Nebula above the hill top.
Based on a 22 panel mosaic, the scene was cropped to reveal
more closely the beauty of this region of the southern Milky Way.
On that short summer night, a star tracking camera mount was
used to record the mosaic images of the sky, but turned off to image
the foreground in moonlight.