Justin Ng of Singapore contributed this beautiful photo of the Magellanic Clouds, taken from Mount Bromo, an active volcano in Indonesia. He wrote:
The Milky Way, Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and bright star Canopus can be seen in this image taken at sunrise over East Java’s Mount Bromo. September is one of the best months to see four galaxies — Large Magellanic Cloud, Small Magellanic Cloud, Andromeda Galaxy and Milky Way Galaxy in the Southern Hemisphere — within one night in Bromo.
The brightest star in the Southern Hemisphere, Canopus, can also be found between our Milky Way galaxy (dense area of stars toward the left) and the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The dense area of stars toward the left is actually the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy.
This is a composite image of the sky and the foreground taken at the same location but at different time and I blended the images taken at different dynamic ranges manually in post processing.
Thank you, Justin!
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