Sarah Wagner Flaim photographed the Milky Way earlier this week. Here is the spectacular result. The bright star to the right is Mars. Mars is very close to Earth right now.
In the Huffington Post yesterday there was an article about how few people in the United States can see the Milky Way anymore. Light pollution is the culprit. Here's the link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/light-pollution-psychological-effects_us_5759d91be4b0e39a28ad0e93?fb_action_ids=10153908737758171&fb_action_types=og.comments
Thanks to Sarah for allowing me to share her photo with you here.