Milky Way Dazzles Over New Jersey's Cape May Beach (Photo)
Night sky photographer Chris Bakley captured this spectacular image of the Milky Way in the night sky from Cape May, New Jersey..
Credit: Chris Bakley

As the northern summer shifts into fall, a trip to the beach may not be high on the list for weekend diversions. But for one night sky photographer, the beach is the perfect place to capture the beauty of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

Astrophotographer Chris Bakley captured this spectacular view of the Milky Way from a beach in Cape May, New Jersey during the last weeks of summer this month. He sent the image in to Space.com on Sept. 8.

"As the summer comes to a close here at the Jersey Shore, not only does it mean that the astounding 40,000 visitors will leave my home town but it also marks the end of the summer Milky Way," Bakley wrote in an email.  "My favorite part of summer is always sitting out under the night sky gazing in awe at the Milky Way. I absolutely love sharing this amazing scene that goes completely unnoticed in Cape May with anyone I can through my photographs." [See more incredible photos of the Milky Way]

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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Summertime is typically the best time to observethe Milky Way galaxy. In early evenings during summer, the galaxy appears to arch from the north-northeast to the south-southeast, with its brightest and most spectacular region running across the Summer Triangle and beyond, toward the south-southeast horizon.

To see more amazing night sky photos submitted by Space.com readers, visit our astrophotography archive.

Editor's Note:If you have an amazing image of the Milky Way, or any other night sky view, that you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please send in photos and comments to: spacephotos@space.com.

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