|Notes to the data|
The Milky Way has its brightest parts of the northern hemisphere in this field of the sky. A number of uncountable stars of our own galaxy builds up this fuzzy appearance to the naked eye. If you watch carefully you will recognize structures and dark bands in the Milky Way. From Cygnus southwards lies the so called "Great Rift", a dark band of interstellar dust that is absorbing light of the stars behind. And on a long exposed photography, like the above wide angle image, you can see much fainter objects. For example red emission nebulae of ionized hydrogen like the so called North America Nebula (upper left) or a couple of small star clusters (see also the Cygnus and Lyra page).