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The Milky Way our home galaxy

The Milky Way our home galaxy

The Milky Way is only one of myriads galaxies in the universe. I believe our universe is the most fascinating place in our perception and imagination. Darkness covers our world each night. That gives the unique chance to see myriads of shining and blinking stars. The darkness is the mystic thing beyond to make that possible.

Astrophotography isn’t so difficult. Therefore, it isn’t really a big challenge to capture the Milky Way. No doubt amazing pictures are the result. Because the sky is full of stars each night. Many of these nebulas, interstellar dust or stars shape the Milky Way. Our home galaxy covers a huge area of the firmament and is easy to find in the night sky.

Everything has to do with light and its counterpart which is one of the most mystic things, the darkness.

However, a few things have to consider before getting impressive and amazing pictures of the night sky. Most important is the location. A place with low light or even better without light pollution is the right choice.

My choice is Ganga Island. An island in the Celebes sea in North Sulawesi. Due to the isolated location of the island, light pollution is very low here. Well, I think the nights on the island are dark enough to see the Milky Way very clear. Finally, it wasn’t so difficult to find a suitable place on the beach

Actually, the Milky Way is visible with the naked eyes but a long-exposure image shows much more details. Fascinated by people since ancient, the Milky Way is easy to capture in the days of digital photography.

The image is a long exposure. Shot on 2017/June/26 at 22:58:54 from Gangga Island near Manado, Sulawesi in Indonesia. The position is 1°45’43.42″ N, 125°2’57.86″ E. The altitude is 2.5 meters.