Cygnus flies high during northern summer nights—this space swan stretches a pair of starry wings—as it soars along the galactic plane. The Milky Way’s Local Arm sweeps across Cygnus, but the delicate glow is only revealed under a dark sky.
The Milky Way’s diffuse Local Arm (or Orion Arm) appears to wrap around Cygnus. The Dark Rift (a vast molecular cloud of gas and dust) swallows starlight and stretches along the Local and Sagittarius Arm. Photographing the Dark Rift proved to be difficult because of light pollution. I was able to stack a layered JPEG file and that revealed subtle detail.