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VERA Ishigakijima Station and the Summer Milky Way

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VERA Ishigakijima Station and the Summer Milky Way

In July 2017, we took a photo of the 20-m Radio Telescope and the Milky Way at VERA Ishigakijima Station in Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture. The Milky Way looks like a faint white band in the night sky. The Milky Way is actually a large group known as a galaxy consisting of gas and approximately 200 billion stars. VERA is a project to make a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way Galaxy. VERA determines the structure and evolution of the Galaxy by measuring the position and movement of stars with radio telescopes. The subtropical plants and animals look up at the beautiful summer Milky Way. And VERA is also gazing up to reveal the real Universe.

Text by: Hidekazu Hanayama (Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory)
Translation by: Hiroko Tsuzuki and Ramsey Lundock (Public Relations Center, NAOJ)

Image Data

Date 10:54 p.m. on July 22, 2017
LensNikon AI AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D (f/2.8)
CameraNikon D5
ExposureISO 12800, 30 seconds
PhotographerHidekazu Hanayama
CreditNational Astronomical Observatory of Japan


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