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

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"The entire experimentation process is a lot of fun out in the field, especially if you don't take yourself too seriously," she added. "That's the best part." She 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 frequent contributor to Live Science’s Life’s Little Mysteries series: an exploration and explanation of our world’s phenomena, both natural and man-made. She also writes astronomy photo stories for Live Science's sister site Space.com.