You don’t even need a telescope to see the Milky Way. But our galaxy is not always visible in the night sky.
Photographers often have to wait for the perfect moment. before sunrise when the moon goes down to capture the stars The sky must be free from light pollution from city buildings or satellites.
but in the right conditions The galaxy curves across the sky in multicolored stripes that might look like rainbows’ cousins at night.
Recently, travel photography blog Capture the Atlas highlighted 25 photographs depicting this phenomenon as part of a contest. “The Milky Way Photographer of the Year,” although the Southern Hemisphere tends to have the best vantage point. But the photos were taken in 12 countries, including the United States and Spain.
There is no single winner in the contest. So here are 10 of the most amazing pictures from the group.
Photographer Bryony Richards photographs the axis of the Milky Way before dawn at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.
The Milky Way’s core, or bulge, is a mixture of old stars, gas and dust.
Farther west in Utah The Milky Way is hidden outside a rock cave at the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument.
“Due to the distance This natural stone chamber offers the clearest and oldest views of the Milky Way,” photographer Spencer Welling wrote in his caption.
The desert in southwestern Utah is perfect for stargazing. This is because most of the area is protected and little city light pollutes the night sky.
The Milky Way’s famous Southern Cross constellation rises above Chile’s Villarrica volcano in this photo from photographer Tomas Slovinsky.
Slovinsky used the constellations as a guide to identify the southern celestial poles. which is a point in the sky directly above the southern axis of the Earth
His photographs also captured two prominent nebulae: the dust and gas clouds from which new stars formed. The Coalsack Nebula, located within the Southern Cross constellation, is visible as a dark smudge above the volcano. It is about 590 light years from Earth.
In the upper left corner, the Carina Nebula glows pink in the sky. It is about 8,500 light years from Earth.
Even some of the world’s largest waterfalls, such as Brazil’s Iguazu Falls. It is still small compared to the backdrop of the Milky Way.
Photographer Victor Lima requires special permission to take this photo. He spent four days in Iguazu National Park, with jaguars roaming at night.
His image captured the Milky Way near one of the park’s main waterfalls, “Santa Maria Jump.” Saturn can be seen above the falls. under the axis of the Milky Way
Ijen Volcano in Java, Indonesia spray blue lights at night This is a result of the burning of sulfur in contact with air. Color is a distinctive compliment to the Milky Way.
“The blue fire is burning beneath the mountain as the Milky Way continues to rise,” photographer Gary Baztara wrote in his caption.
Photographer José Luis Cantabrana almost gave up taking this creepy photo in Victoria. Australia
“I brought a new piece of equipment with me. which is a star tracker And as soon as I started setting it up I know it’s going to be a tricky night,” Cantabrana wrote in his caption.
“After several failed attempts to align with the Southern Sky Pole, I’m ready to give up But I decided to shoot and ‘Look what happened’ as the galactic core was rising,” he added.
The result is a silhouette of the Milky Way rising off the coast.
far north of australia The galaxy forms an arc over the crescent-shaped sand dunes.
Photographer Daniel Thomas Gum drove from his home in Sydney to get this view from Mongo Lake in New South Wales. The setting is “out of this world,” he wrote in his caption.
“Big jagged walls surround a winding path that leads to a spire in the middle of the west,” Gum said. “There’s only one way to do it justice, and that’s a multi-layered panorama of the Milky Way.”
In New Zealand, photographer Larryn Rae climbed for four hours to capture this shot on a windy night.
Rae photographed at Fanthams Peak, part of the Mount Taranaki volcano.
He had to lift the device 6,500 feet amid 43 mph winds and near-freezing temperatures (about 5 degrees Fahrenheit).
Photographer Antonio Solano finds the ideal conditions – clear skies and no wind – in La Palma, Spain.
Solano photographed the final night of his trip to the “Roque de los Muchachos”, a rocky hill at the island’s highest point. It is located at the base of the Milky Way.
Winter is usually not suitable for observing the Milky Way. But the cold temperatures didn’t stop Pablo. Ruiz stopped to take this photo in Riano, Spain.
The prime viewing times for the Milky Way usually come in May and June. However, galaxies can still be seen in the Northern Hemisphere from February to October. and in the Southern Hemisphere from January to November.
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