Southern Milky Way, April 16, 2015.
Southern Milky Way, featuring the Eta Carina nebula top centre (largest pink area) and the gentle pink curve of IC2944/8 below, the dark "Coal Sack" nebula tucked in beside the stars of the Southern Cross. The bright "star" that appears yellowish, slightly below centre on the left edge is the massive Omega Centauri globular star cluster. Finally, our nearest star system other than the Sun, the brightest star in this picture is Alpha Centauri, ,located only 4.3 light years from us. Taken with Nikon D7100, 24mm F2.8, 30 secs. Taken at OZSky near Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia in April, 2014.