Astrophoto: “The Center Of Our Galaxy Is A Busy Place” by Mike Romine

Not only is the center of our galaxy a busy place for seeing deep space objects – but near ones as well! In this photo taken by Mike Romine, you’ll see many Messier and NGC objects, but one feature really stands out – the ISS. Before you move on, stop and take a closer look. You’ll also find the signatures of an airplane and a tumbling satellite in the frame as well! (Hint: These show up as perfectly spaced series of dots.)

This image was taken on September 4 with a Canon EOS 50D, 135mm lens, F/5.6, ISO 1600, 90 seconds, mounted on a Celestron SCT on a CG5-GT mount at approximately 9:00 pm EST.

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3 Replies to “Astrophoto: “The Center Of Our Galaxy Is A Busy Place” by Mike Romine”

  1. Nice image (be sure to enlarge for full detail). The satellite trail neatly bisects the Lagoon Nebula (M 8) and passes just below globular cluster M 22 to it’s left.

  2. I have to agree, that is a beautiful image. Just as the skies of air can hardly be viewed without some contrail coming into view, so too, near Earth space has become a very busy place.

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