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Milky Way season is starting! Photos here

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!

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 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

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!

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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