The Marvelous Milky Way: Midnight in the Adirondacks (Photo)
Astrophotographer Corey Rondeau took this image on August 20, 2014 at Pharoah Lake shortly after midnight.
Credit: Corey Rondeau

The stars of our Milky Way galaxy shimmer in this amazing night sky view from New York's scenic Adirondack Park captured by a photographer after a long hike out to a secluded lake.

Astrophotographer Corey Rondeau took this image on August 20, 2014 at Pharoah Lake shortly after midnight.

"A four-hour hike led myself, fiancé and our dogs away from technology and into the wilderness where we found a secluded spot along Pharaoh Lake, one of the many in the Adirondack's," Rondeau wrote. "This was our view each night which came paired with a chorus of loons to serenade us to sleep beneath the Milky Way and the wondrous beauty of the heavens above." [Stunning Photos of the  Milky Way  by Stargazers]

Dust off your spiral arms and fatten up your bulge — it's time to tap into your inner galaxy to test your smarts about the Milky Way. Our home in space is a strange and wondrous place that scientists are still trying to figure out. See what you know!
The Milky Way Galaxy is organized into spiral arms of giant stars that illuminate interstellar gas and dust. The sun is in a finger called the Orion Spur.
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Milky Way Quiz: Test Your Galaxy Smarts
Dust off your spiral arms and fatten up your bulge — it's time to tap into your inner galaxy to test your smarts about the Milky Way. Our home in space is a strange and wondrous place that scientists are still trying to figure out. See what you know!
The Milky Way Galaxy is organized into spiral arms of giant stars that illuminate interstellar gas and dust. The sun is in a finger called the Orion Spur.
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The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy spanning between 100,000 to 120,000 light-years in diameter. Roughly 400 billion stars populate the galaxy. The dazzling band we see from Earth is the center portion of the galaxy where a gigantic black hole billions of times the size of the sun resides. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). 

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