Guhagar Beach | Milky Way & Andromeda Galaxy

    milky way at Guhagar Beach , at around 10 pm

    Cassiopeia constellation as my guide for finding the Andromeda Galaxy .
    easiest way to find the location for Andromeda galaxy is to look for
    Cassiopeia constellation first.
    Cassiopeia is like a ' M ' shape , located towards the north sky.
    then trace the ' M ' forward and look for a faint oval object in between the stars.
    that is the Andromeda.

    super-cropped image of the previous photo above.
    Being the closest galaxy to our planet ,
    on a good day with clear sky and minimal light pollution , we can actually
    see Andromeda galaxy with our naked eyes.

    the cluster of stars is the Pleiades ( Seven Sisters )
    In Greek mythology, the Pleiades were seven sisters: Maia, Electra, Alcyone,
   Taygete, Asterope,   Celaeno and Merope.
   Their parents were Atlas, a Titan who held up the sky,
   and the oceanid Pleione, the protectress of sailing.

    compared to Goa , I like Guhagar Beach more because it's less crowded , cleaner
    and with minimal lights from beach resorts that causes light pollution.
    the almost pitch black condition at night is ideal for stargazing.

   Guhagar Beach , Maharashtra , India
   September 2014

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