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Milky Way season is starting! Photos here

Red and yellow tulips, and a tractor, are at the bottom of the image, under a majestic Milky Way.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jarrod Lyman photographed this stunning landscape on April 6, 2022, and wrote: “Captured early this morning at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. The festival is a popular event each year that attracts tens of thousands of people from around the world, many of whom are photographers looking for unique ways to capture stunning images. I received permission from the farm’s owner to visit early morning to try to capture the Milky Way over the tulips. Another photographer friend and I spent a few hours playing with various compositions, light painting and settings. This is one of my favorites.” Thanks, Jarrod!

Every year around this time, we begin seeing early-morning captures of the starry band of our Milky Way galaxy stretched across the sky. The galaxy surrounds us in space. But the richest part of it as viewed from Earth – toward the galactic center – comes back into view in our morning skies around this time of the year. The best views of the galaxy will be visible earlier and earlier, until the galaxy is at its best in the evening hours around August.

More photos of the Milky Way

Dark sky with plenty of white stars and a light coming from the bottom left of the image.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Himanshu Pandav at Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra, India, captured this incredible view of the Milky Way on April 3, 2022. Himanshu wrote: “View of the Milky Way with the Scorpio constellation and Venus, from Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra, India.” Thanks, Himanshu!
Milky Way with dark trees in foreground.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Steve Price in Last Chance Desert, Utah, took this image on April 2, 2022. Steve wrote: “The Northern Hemisphere Milky Way season is on! My state is endowed with many dark-sky viewing locations: The Last Chance Desert is my favorite. There was green airglow now and then during my session, satellites galore, aircraft and several meteors, too. I’m pretty sure I captured at least one.” Thank you, Steve!
Old wooden building and water with Milky Way behind.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Cameron Frankish took this image on April 1, 2022. Cameron wrote: “Old Lifeboat Station (operated from 1914 – 1961) with the Milky Way above at Lizard Point, Cornwall (UK mainland’s most southerly point) in a very clear Bortle 2 sky.” Thank you, Cameron!

March Milky Way photos

Milky Way over desert landscape lit around shrubs.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Juan Cipriano Esquer Delgado at Campo La Salina, Sonora, Mexico, took this image on March 29, 2022. Juan wrote: “Enjoy the galactic center.” Thanks, Juan!
Milky Way over mountains and desert landscape with golden glow.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Marc Toso captured this Milky Way and desert landscape showing Volcano Peak in the Silver Island Mountains, Utah, on March 27, 2022. Marc wrote: “Volcano Peak in Utah’s West Desert: Often overlooked by tourists zipping past on the interstate seeking ski slopes and sandstone. Desolate and austere best describes this place. Full of vastness, craggy peaks, and a plethora of dark skies. I felt the need to sit beneath the firmament for a night and this place was well suited. For a place to be wild, it needs to be dark. Have its skin exposed to the universe. To not be hidden by urban lights which shroud it from the sky.” Thank you, Marc!
A stretch of sand below, and the Milky Way stretched out above.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Mohamed Farouk at the historic Kottamia Astronomical Observatory near Cairo, Egypt, caught this image around 4 a.m. on March 11. Thank you, Mohamed!
A couple of barnwoods and a few trees appear on the right side of the image. There is a road on the left side and a grey sky full of stars in the front.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Chicky Leclair in Medina, Texas, took this image on March 1, 2022, and wrote: “Siesta Valley Ranch is a pretty cool location between Medina and Vanderpool, Texas. I love the old barnwood buildings. The glow on the horizon is from Bandera, 20 miles (32 km) away, and from San Antonio, 50 miles (80 km) away.” Thank you, Chicky!

Bottom line: Milky Way season begins in the wee morning hours of spring. The EarthSky community shares their first photos of the season.

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April 5, 2022
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