Under a Wheat Belt Sky south of Beacon, Western Australia.

An early morning shoot in the flooded salt lakes south of Beacon shows the Milky Way in shades of violet and indigo.
Image Credit: Kylie Gee / Indigo Storm Photography
The Milky Way rises over flooded salt lakes near Beacon, Western Australia.
This week’s AG Reader Photo was taken by Kylie Gee south of Beacon, Western Australia.
“This is an image I captured at 2.24am on Saturday, 21 March 2015 during a New Moon phase over the salt lakes south of Beacon in the north-eastern central wheatbelt of Western Australia,” says Kylie.
“We have amazing skies out here and none more so than during a time when there is no Moon – it’s really extraordinary how clear and bright the Milky Way is.
I had passed these salt lakes several times and thought they would look fantastic with the Milky Way rising so waited until the Moon phase was right, set my alarm and headed out. I was not disappointed – it was simply stunning.
Read on via Under the wheat belt sky – Australian Geographic

“Eucalypt Galaxy” by Richard Dimon.

Eucalypt Galaxy was the overall winner of the competition and also took out the ‘Beneath Southern Skies’ category.
Image Credit: Photo supplied by Richard Dimon.
Source: Most outstanding entry – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Observatory, Antalya, Turkey.

Antalya, Turkey
The TÜBİTAK national observatory is located 2,500 metres (8,200ft) up Mount Bakirlitepe in Saklıkent.
Photograph: TASS/Barcroft Images
See more images via Best photos of the day: Prince’s Cloud guitar and molten art in China | News | The Guardian

Beautiful Patterns of Northern Winter on planet Mars.

The high resolution imaging science experiment camera on Nasa’s Mars reconnaissance orbiter shows snow and ice accumulated during winter covering dunes in the northern hemisphere.
Unlike on Earth, this snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known as dry ice.
When the sun starts shining on it in the spring, the ice on the smooth surface of the dune cracks and escaping gas carries dark sand out from the dune below, often creating beautiful patterns.
Image Credit: Photograph: NASA/AFP/Getty Images
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

The Milky Way over Geraldton, Western Australia.

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A torch is shone into the night sky showing the scale of the Milky Way, Geraldton, Western Australia.
Image Credi: ABC Open contributor OsirisRa

Source: The Milky Way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Under the Southern Cross, South Burnett Region, Queensland.

Under the Southern Cross
The stunning and clear, moonless nights of the South Burnett Region in Queensland, Australia are just made for astrophotography.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor Richard Henderson
Source: Under the Southern Cross – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)