Beautiful places on our planet

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Yosemite Valley, US:

Isle of Sky, Scotland:

Alesund, Norway:

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With Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies

Milky Way seen from above:

Note that out Solar System is inside the disk of the Milky Way, and orbits in one of the spiral arms at 26,000 light years from the center of the galaxy.

Note also that we can't see the spiral structure of the galaxy from our planet since we are inside the disk and have no means of taking images from above or below the galaxy. The Milky Way's structural Images are created from computer modeling based on information from stars as they orbit the galaxy.

Of the 5,000 to 8,000 stars in the Milky Way visible to the human eye from Earth, one can usually only see about 2,500 at a time. Actually, the few thousand stars we can see of the Milky Way with our naked eye are only about 0.000003% of the 200-400 billion stars that inhabit the spiral.

Milky Way seen from Maraine Lake, Canada:

Milky Way seen from Dolomites, Italy:

In the following pictures, we can see not only Milky Way but also Andromeda galaxies. We may also see Magellanic Clouds from Southern hemisphere.

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