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APOD: 2023 June 20 ┴ The Nandu in the Milky Way
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APOD: 2023 June 20 ┴ The Nandu in the Milky Way
Credit & Copyright: Fefo Bouvier; Line Drawing: Alfonso Rosso
Explanation: Have you seen the bird in the Milky Way? Beyond the man in the Moon, the night sky is filled with stories, and cultures throughout history have projected some of their most enduring legends onto the stars and dust above. Generations of people see these celestial icons, hear their associated stories, and pass them down. Pictured here is not only a segment of the central band of our Milky Way galaxy, but, according to folklore of several native peoples of Uruguay, the outline of a great bird called ÷and÷. Furthermore, ÷and÷'s footprint is associated with the Southern Cross asterism. In the foreground, in silhouette, is a statue of Mar÷a Micaela Guyunusa, an indigenous woman of the Charr÷a people who lived in the 1800s and endures as a symbol of colonial resistance. The composite image was taken in mid-April in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.

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