The Magellanic Clouds in Morining Twilight

Milkyway and Companion Galaxies

Uploaded 8/06/06

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 The first rosy glow of the morning twilight at 5am provided an excellent opportunity for a wide field set of images of our companion galaxies in the south. Centered and dominating this image is the Large Magellenic Cloud with its contrasting bluish tint to the ruddy twilight glow. To its upper right is the Small Magellenic Cloud, also bluish by comparison, but even more so from being higher out of the dust layers along the horizon at this altitude. The bright star at lower left is Canopus, the second brightest star in the entire sky.

Morning clouds are jet black against the brightening sky. Ten or fifteen minutes later, the sky was totally washed out by the oncoming morning twilight in the east.

Instrument: Canon 17 - 40mm L @ 17mm at f/4.5 Platform: Robotic Barn Door Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800 Exposure: 10m Filters: UV Location: Near Winton, Queensland, Australia (-22S Latitude) Elevation: 700 ft. Sky: Seeing 9/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL, PixInsight, Pixmantec RAW HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral