Is Our Milky Way Under Scorpion Attack? Nope, Just Awesome Photos

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A giant scorpion appears to be striking the Milky Way with its tail in this stunning image taken by skywatcher Manish Mamtani at Borrego Springs, California on April 17-19, 2015. (Image credit: Manish Mamtani | )

A giant scorpion appears to be striking the Milky Way with its tail in this stunning image taken by a veteran night sky photographer.

Photographer Manish Mamtani took the image in Borrego Springs, California during the weekend of April 17 to 19. The scorpion shown here is one of several large iron sculptures by Ricardo Breceda found in Borrego Valley. Mamtani also captured images of the Milky Way with giant dinosaur statues, as well as prancing rams. 

"It is fun to watch these sculptures in the day, but during the night, with the Milky Way, they become even more beautiful," Mamtani told in an email. [See more amazing photos of our Milky Way galaxy]

Mamtani also posed for an epic selfie with the silhouette of a Breceda's dragon statue as an iron companion. In another photo, The headlights of a jeep appear to shine across the Milky Way and out into deep space. 

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy stretching between 100,000 to 120,000 light-years in diameter. It comprises gas, dust and roughly 400 billion stars. The portion of the galaxy we see is the center of the galaxy, as seen from one of its outer arms. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).  

You can see more of Mamtani's spectacular photographer on his Facebook page.

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.