July is a good time to view the Milky Way in the northern hemisphere. If you can get to an area with little light pollution to the south, you can enjoy the spectacular sight of the central bulge of our galaxy. From GMARS, there's a fair amount of light pollution to the south unfortunately. The collective lights from Palm Springs, Cathedral City and everything else in the Coachella Valley brighten up the sky and wash out the stars, nebulae, and molecular dust. But it can still be an impressive sight to behold.
|Milky Way and a Joshua Tree from GMARS (4-panel mosaic)|
Canon EOS 6D, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens, ISO 3200, 10-second exposures
Taken at about 12:15AM on July 10, 2015
|Milky Way and a Joshua Tree from GMARS|
Canon EOS 6D, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens, ISO 3200, 10-second exposures (x6)
Taken at about 12:25AM on July 10, 2015