From Sagittarius to Carina, the Milky Way Galaxy shines in this dark night sky above planet Earth's lush island paradise of Mangaia. Familiar to denizens of the southern hemisphere, the gorgeous skyscape includes the bulging galactic center at the upper left and bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri just right of center. About 10 kilometers wide, volcanic Mangaia is the southernmost of the Cook Islands. Geologists estimate that at 18 million years old it is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean Dark Night, Cook Islands, Cooking Islands, Stars, Milkyway, Astronomy, Night Sky, Planets Earth, Milky Way
A meteor streaks across the sky off the coast of Phillip Island Australia. Canopus, the second brightest star in the night sky is notable on the lower right and Achernar is closer to the horizon on the lower left. Higher up in the sky is the prominent constellation of the Southern Cross--next to the Coalsack dark nebula. Stars Alpha and Beta Centauri shine brightly along the upper edge of the photo.
Remember the Night - Milky Way over Picture Lake, Mount Baker is the centerpiece of a strikingly beautiful landscape in the Heather Meadows area. The classic alpine vista of Mt. Shuksan mirrored in Picture Lake is one of the most photographed mountain scenes in North America. A backdrop of mountains, wildflowers and colorful plant foliage make this a beautiful, universally accessible family hike.