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Cool! Milky Way Shines Twice for Skywatcher (Photo)

Milky Way from Arizona by Klymenko
Kelli Klymenko, a photographer in Sedona, took this image of the Milky Way from Cathedral Rock Trail in Arizona. (Image credit: <a href="http://kelliklymenko.com">Kelly Klymenko | kellyklymenko.com</a>)

The Milky Way appears to point right at a Juniper tree in this skywatching image from Sedona, Arizona.

Kelli Klymenko, a photographer in Sedona, took the image from Cathedral Rock Trail in Arizona. It's a familiar shot for Klymenko.

"I photographed this particular juniper a few years ago and wanted to revisit this shot under our brilliant dark skies," he wrote in an email to Space.com. [See more amazing Milky Way photos by stargazers]

Earth's host galaxy, the Milky Way, is a barred spiral galaxy  seen as a band of light in the night sky. It stretches between 100,000 and 120,000 light-years in diameter. It is estimated that the galaxy has approximately 400 billion stars. At the center of the galaxy lies a gigantic black hole billions of times the size of the sun.

Klymenko says he prefers to capture a moment as he experiences it, and doesn't do too much processing afterwards. For this shot, he light-painted the tree with his phone and worked with the orange from his glowing headlamp.

"The entire experimentation process is a lot of fun out in the field, especially if you don't take yourself too seriously," he added. "That's the best part." He used a Canon 5D Mark III camera; a 14mm Rokinon manual lens; 20 seconds; ISO 8000.

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Nina Sen

Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com 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.