Lost Under the Stars with the Whirpool Galaxy, Andromeda, and Vega

Last night, I was out in my backyard getting lost in the night.  It was a crystal clear night and the Moon was reflecting a lot of light since it was almost full.  Not a great night to shoot objects in the sky due to the Moon’s light pollution but that did not stop me.  Here are some of the pictures I took the night of August 28, 2012:

In hopes of catching the Whirlpool Galaxy before it set behind the trees in my backyard, I took this image and happened to capture the Galaxy between the trees.

The Andromeda Galaxy rises above the trees in my backyard from 10:15pm on through the night. I love capturing this Galaxy.

Vega is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus. It is a relatively close star at only 25 light-years from Earth, and, together with Arcturus and Sirius, one of the most luminous stars in the Sun’s neighborhood.

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