Summer Trip to Milky Way Galaxy

What is Milky Way??

  • The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System.
  • The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, which contains 100–400 billion stars.
  • The very center is marked by an intense radio source, named Sagittarius A*, which is likely to be a supermassive black hole

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When to see Milky Way??

  • Since the Earth rotates around the Sun every 365 days, which means the core part of galaxy is only visible in certain part of the year. So when is this? The core is not visible in most of November, December, January, and the first half of February.  On the flip side, this means the best time for viewing is from late May to early August.
  • Late summer is one of the best times of year to view the full splendor (core part) of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
  • Moonless (New Moon) night is the best day to see Milky Way.
  • Check the weather before you visit the place using mobile app. You need very clear sky (Not Cloudy or partly cloudy).

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Image Source: andrewrhodesphoto.wordpress.com


Where to see Milky Way?? (Place)

  • During the June, July month, make sure you are far away from City. Because any ambient light will make the stars and galaxy less visible. At least 60-80 km far from main city to make sure there is no light pollution.

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How to see Milky Way??

  • Last and the most interesting part how to see Milky Way in night sky.
  • You need to spend some time under a dark sky before your eyes become fully adapted to the darkness. It takes about 20 minutes for human eyes to become fully sensitive to faint light.
  • Then Use Google Sky Map or Star Chart application to find exact location of Milky Way.
  • Or before you visit place, you can install Stellarium (Desktop application). In which you can see realistic sky in 3D to find location of Milky Way.

I found some pics on different photo sharing source. (500px, flickr)

Month: March

Place: Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu, India.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prasanna_lens/3332260329/

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Month: April

Location: Kamalee, Coorg.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thakurnilesh/8667978501 /in/photostream/

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Month: June/August

Location: on a river bank, outside of Shimoga, Karnataka

https://500px.com/photo/80326127/the-milky-way-by-pradeep-b

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Month: June

Location: Narayangaon, Maharashtra, India

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prasanna_lens/3652521943/

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Month: July

Location: Ladakh

https://www.flickr.com/photos/puneetvikramsingh/ 7641450268/

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