The image is also „using“ the Milky Way as a bridge between human (me, standing on left) and the high level technology for exploring (not only) the Milky Way (the distant ESO’s Paranal and VISTA observatory on right). Along the Milky Way there are numerous dark and emission nebulae, the interstellar matter. Except the Milky Way itself, you can spot Magellanic clouds – small galaxies low over the horizon – or fuzzy green comet 252P LINEAR on the edge of Great Rift. The brightest object, with orange color, is red planet Mars. Lower can be found white-colored Saturn. From the Solar System, another „object“ is zodiacal light, rising as a faint light column left from the center of the image. Greenish and yellowish tinge of the sky is caused by natural airglow in the high atmosphere.
Used Canon 6D Baader IR modified, Samyang 24 mm, f2.8, ISO 10000, 39×15 seconds panorama from tripod. Feel free to download full-resolution version of the image from European Southern Observatory website.