This image shows our own galaxy: the milky way and our two small satellite galaxies: The Magellan clouds.
The Small Magellan Cloud is at the top left and the Large Magellan Cloud at the bottom left.
The Image also shows scorpius, the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas, the galactic center at Sagitarius and many globular and open clusters.
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This photo shows the moon in Pisces, planet mercury is on the right and the dim planet Uranus is visible too. There's a very red star just below the moon: 19 piscium a Carbon star and one of the reddest stars in the sky.
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Only a few days before May's 2012 supermoon.Among a layer of thick clouds.
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Look at the bright star near the left border of the photo: Spica. From a distance you will see a brightening around this star.
This brightening is the Gegenschein, sunlit scattered by interplanetary dust at the antisolar point.
The Gegenschein is really difficult to spot, you need a clear moonless night and the help of a camera, in my photo battling some light pollution it is faintly visible.
Knowing that the antisolar point was near Spica at the time the photo was taken helped a lot.
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