Tag Archives: Milky Way

Last night.

Brittas Bay, County Wicklow

Edward Wholohan writes:

The heat wave gives clear hot days and the added benefit of warm nights to sit under the stars admiring the Summer Milky Way...

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The first segment of a flight from Zurich to São Paolo filmed in timelapse from the cockpit of an airliner by Swiss Air pilot Sales Wick. Sez he:

Just as the bright city lights are vanishing behind us, the Milky Way starts to become clearly visible up ahead. Its now us, pacing at almost the speed of sound along the invisible highway and the pitch-black night sky above this surreal landscape. Ahead of us are another eight hours flight time, but we already stopped counting the shooting stars. And we got already to a few hundred.



A composite image taken last October by Johannes Holzer at the Isar river in southern Germany. The image was achieved using two cameras shooting three photos from roughly the same perspective, which were then stitched. To wit:

..[the] sky with a Sony A7r and Vixen Polarie Startracker, one additional shot for the landscape without [a] Startracker, [and] underwater was done with a Canon 5Dm2 with an EWA Underwater case.



The Milky Way photographed from Chile after sunset on Tuesday surrounded by the ripples of airglow Australis. NASA explains:

Above a sea of clouds and flanking the celestial Milky Way, the airglow seems to ripple and flow across the northern horizon in atmospheric waves. Originating at an altitude similar to aurorae, the luminous airglow is instead due to chemiluminescence, the production of light through chemical excitation. Commonly captured with a greenish tinge by sensitive digital cameras, this reddish airglow emission is from OH molecules and oxygen atoms at extremely low densities and has often been present in southern hemisphere nights during the last few years.

Larger image here.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (NASA)


A rather spectacular 20 second exposure taken by Andrew Dros at Kootwijkerzand in the Netherlands last weekend.

Hoping to photograph images of the Perseid meteor shower, he set up a self portrait and accidentally caught the International Space Station as it passed across the backdrop of the Milky Way.




Leah Burgess writes:

Taken last night in Waterford. Dungarvan in the distance. No many perseids about…



Simon O’Shea writes:

“Took advantage of the clear skies at the weekend to have a go at some astrophotography. The Milky Way over Sandy Cove, West Cork on Saturday.”

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This is just gorgeous.

The Mountain by Terje Sorgjerd: time-lapse of the terrain and the sky above Teide Observatory on Spain’s tallest mountain. Sez he:

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way.

Full effect at full screen with the sound up.

Music: ‘Nuvole bianche’ by Ludovico Einaudi

Previously (and also from Terje Sorgjerd): Aurora Borealis: Kirkenes