Milky Way ascending before dawn

This is the time of year when – after a hiatus behind the sun – the center of the Milky Way returns to our sky shortly before sunup.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | The view toward the center of the Milky Way is back! Abhijit Patil wrote: “The core shines majestically over Cape Elizabeth in Maine. Currently visible in the early morning hours just before sunrise. The sunrise glow can also be seen in the bottom sky. The bright spots seen in the photo are the planets Jupiter (higher) and Venus (lower).” Thanks, Abhijit!

Deborah Byrd