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5 December, 2121
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    Summer is Galaxy Time in FNQ

    By Ian McClean

    There are just 4 galaxies visible to the naked eye and here in FNQ we get to see all of them this and every summer.

    Our Miky Way, of which our sun is just one of the over 200 billion stars, in its vast area is over 150,0000 light years across.

    It is the first and most obvious feature in our western sky stretching from Sagittarius to Cygnus. 

    Our sun sits in one of the inner spiral arms of the Milky Way and most of the stars we can see are located within that spiral arm, it is known as the “Orion Arm”.

    As you would expect the Orion Arm contains one of the brightest and best known constellations in the night sky “Orion the Hunter” which will become more visible in the early evening as summer progresses.

    The Milky Way

    Orbiting around our Milky Way are the Magellenic Clouds (LMC & SMC), our very own satellite galaxies just 160,000 & 200,000 light years from us, taking the place of the southern cross as our pointers to south.

    Further away at 2 million light years is the Andromeda Galaxy in the northern constellation of Andromeda.

    Andromeda Galaxy & it’s companion galaxies. Photo by Stephen Rahn.

    It is visible as a bright smudge but is as wide as the full moon and hosts almost a trillion stars.

    This is just the beginning & you can find out more at www.nightskysecrets.com.au, call us on 1300THESKY or see us at our store on the Esplanade in Cairns, opposite the Casino.

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