Tropical Milky Way

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Americas

Site: Ilha Grande - Brazil

Date: April 2011

The central bulge of the Milky Way appears above coconut palms at the shores of Ilha Grande, Brazil. Constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius are framed in the view. The bright star Antares (a red giant star) marks the heart of the celestial scorpion. Ilha Grande is located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state and it is largely preserved and noted for its scenic beauty. The island is one of the most pristine remnants of Brazil's Atlantic rainforest and one of the richest ecosystems in the world. Babak Tafreshi/

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