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Yes, the Milky Way can be seen quite clearly from earth. You just need to go somewhere dark. In fact, the name "Milky Way" is derived from its appearance in the sky (it looks like a milky path, or "way", in the sky). The Chinese name for the Milky Way is the "Silver River," an alternate description for its appearance in the sky. Both these names predate ...
There are plenty of pictures from the ISS in which you can see stars.
It's because of the short Dynamic range of the camera. The human eye has a very large dynamic range which allows it to see at the same time, lights of low exposure and lights of high exposure. The same problem exists when you try to capture a photo against the sun light. Either the sky is completely white and the object is correclty lightened, or the sky is ...
The reason is that the exposure on the camera is set so that the main subject of the image is properly exposed, ie not too dim and not too bright. Because the typical objects being photographed are quite bright, the image detector (camera) will not get enough light from the stars for them to show up.
This is for the same reason that you don't see any stars on moonwalk pictures or videos; the reflected sunlight from Earth (or in my example, the moon) is so much brighter that it washes out the faint starlight.
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