California Nebula - photo by Farmakopoulos Antonis - Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud echoes the outline of California. Earth's Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, lt-yrs from California Nebula.
Aloha and welcome to a breathtaking skyscape. The dreamlike panoramic view looks out from the meter volcanic summit of Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, across a layer of clouds toward a starry night sky and the rising Milky Way.
In this celestial scene, a four day old Moon illuminates a dreamlike foreground while bright planet Mars (above center) rules and the Milky Way's cosmic clouds of stars and dust seem to stretch from horizon to horizon.