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A photo of the Milky Way with a lighted dome.
Date Taken:
June 6, 2016
Photograph By:
Joshua Swanson, NSF
License Type:
Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

The Milky Way shines above in the night sky near McMurdo Station. Below is the site of the NASA Near Earth Network satellite dish, known locally as the "golf ball," which is one of three U.S. space communications networks collecting data from polar-orbiting satellites. In the distance on the right is a science project called SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network), which monitors the highest layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is one of several science projects that is maintained through the winter at McMurdo.

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