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    Is the Milky Way visible in the northern hemisphere right now?

    I live in the city and have to drive at least two hours to get anywhere http://movieseriesworld.com/ http://www.movieseriesworld.com/forums/index.php dark enough to take good pictures but I've heard the milky way is not visible right now. Is it? If not when will it be? Is there a website or app that can show me information like this? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonnystark View Post
    I live in the city and have to drive at least two hours to get anywhere dark enough to take good pictures but I've heard the milky way is not visible right now. Is it? If not when will it be? Is there a website or app that can show me information like this? Thanks.
    There are several astronomy apps for mobile phones which do well. I happen to like Luminos for the iPhone but there are others.

    As for your question, the Milky Way is a wide but faint band of light and is visible all year and from all over the world, although the central portion is more prominent in southern skies, especially in the Southern Hemisphere. As you note, dark skies are essential to see the Milky Way. I live 20 miles outside of Atlanta and cannot see the Milky Way from relatively dark locations near my neighborhood.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way#Appearance

    As viewed from Earth, the visible region of the Milky Way's galactic plane occupies an area of the sky that includes 30 constellations.[40] The Galactic Center lies in the direction of Sagittarius, where the Milky Way is brightest. From Sagittarius, the hazy band of white light appears to pass around to the galactic anticenter in Auriga. The band then continues the rest of the way around the sky, back to Sagittarius, dividing the sky into two roughly equal hemispheres.
    What city are you referencing? For example, in New York City you'll have to drive upstate a good ways.

    The Dark Sky project may help you find suitable viewing...

    https://www.darksky.org/our-work/con...n/idsp/finder/

    ETA: Since the central portion of the MW lies in Sagittarius that section is not visible now (and which may be what you heard). At the moment the Archer is holding the sun.
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    In middle northern latitude locations the Milky Way is least visible about early April at local midnight or mid to late May earlier in the evening. That is when its intersections with the celestial equator are at the horizon and its northernmost part is very low. The atmosphere subdues it and even a small amount of light pollution obliterates it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    In middle northern latitude locations the Milky Way is least visible about early April at local midnight or mid to late May earlier in the evening. That is when its intersections with the celestial equator are at the horizon and its northernmost part is very low. The atmosphere subdues it and even a small amount of light pollution obliterates it.
    Hope to get a chance to witness when that happens.

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