Neighboring Galactic Giants amongst the Integrated Flux Nebula

Location of photo
Botetort Virginia
Date/Time of photo
Celestron CGE, full spectrum Canon 550d with clip in astronomik uv/ir cut, SMC Pentax-K 50mm F1.7 lens stopped to F4
This photo contains two of our neighboring giant galaxies, M33 Triangulum and M31 Andromeda. They are sitting amongst a thick molecular cloud of dust know as the IFN, Integrated Flux Nebula, which is an intragalactic object illuminated by the light put out by our milkyway. I find the IFN to be particularly fascinating because the light that we are able to collect has been emitted from our galaxy across space, reflected off of this dust and then back to earth across the milky way, these photons had been on quite an adventure before they were finally absorbed by the CMOS sensor in my Canon!
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