The Milky Way, photo taken from the top of Col Agnel, Italy / France. At an altitude of 2744m above sea level. Here you can see near the central core of our home galaxy. The orange areas are dense collections of extremely old stars, nearing the end of their lives, as they cool, they turn yellow / red in colour and produce the yellow tones in the image. They are intersected by dark veins of dust and matter. Speckeld with ocasinal nebulae, which can be seen as purple and red areas in the centre of the image. Towards the right edge the younger and hotter blue stars become visible. The dark silhouette on the left is a mountain in the foreground.
Home to our Sun, Earth and all the rest of the solar system. And home to an estimated 100–400 billion stars. That's a lot of stars. The diameter of the galaxy has been estimated at 150,000–180,000 light-years.
You can see the Milky Way unaided in the height of summer in good dark locations. It appears as it's namesake at first glance, a milky luminous streak traversing the sky. In good locations it's possible to see the dark dust lanes and other details.
Shot with a Canon 5Dmkiii and Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art.