Milky Way. Optical image of the Milky Way running through the Summer Triangle of three bright stars. North is at top. The stars are Deneb (Alpha Cygni, upper left), Vega (Alpha Lyrae, upper right) and Altair (Alpha Aquilae, lower centre). These stars are in the constellations Cygnus (the swan), Lyra (the lyre) and Aquila (the eagle) respectively. The Milky Way is the band of light crossing the sky formed from the millions of stars in the disc of our galaxy. A large and prominent lane of dust is seen running from Deneb to lower right, which blocks the light of the stars behind it. The constellations seen here are best seen in the summer in the northern hemisphere.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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