2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift

2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift

12.21.11

Thick dust clouds block our night-time view of the Milky Way, creating what is sometimes called the Dark Rift. › View larger
Thick dust clouds block our night-time view of the Milky Way, creating what is sometimes called the Dark Rift. The fact that — from the viewpoint of Earth — the sun aligns with these clouds, or the galactic center, near the winter solstice is no cause for concern. Credit: A. Fujii

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