Scorpius Rising on the Prairies

By: Alan Dyer

May 09 2013

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Category: Constellations, Milky Way, Nightscape

1 Comment

Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:50mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:150 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Scorpius and the star clouds of the Milky Way skim along the southern horizon on the western Canadian prairie.

Scorpius crawls along the horizon at right, with dark lanes of dust converging onto yellowish Antares. Just left of centre a dark horse prances above the treetops. At lower left shines the pink Lagoon Nebula.

With its intricate mix of dark dust lanes and bright star clouds this is the richest region of the Milky Way. It marks the direction toward the centre of our Galaxy. Pity it lies so low in our sky from here in western Canada, at a latitude of 50° North. Compare this view to what I saw two months ago from New Mexico and you can see the advantage of a southerly latitude for any lovers of the Milky Way.

However, I was lucky to get this shot, taken last weekend during the only decent time of the year when I can see Scorpius in a dark sky from my prairie home. The night was very clear, allowing a clean shot to the southern horizon.

– Alan, May 9, 2013 / © 2013 Alan Dyer

One comment on “Scorpius Rising on the Prairies”

  1. Reblogged this on Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge and commented:
    Did you know that Jasper’s National Park is known as the world’s largest dark sky preserve?


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