Breathtaking snaps of our gorgeous galaxy revealed in Milky Way Photographer of the Year competition
STUNNING snaps of the Milky Way’s deep centre have been revealed as part of a photography competition.
As we live in the Orion Arm of the galaxy, with the right conditions we can look into its starry mass 100,000 light years away.
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It’s Milky Way season and the perfect time to capture stunning images of our galaxy! As every year, we have gathered the images and stories taken by some of the best landscape and astro photographers in the world so you can be inspired: https://capturetheatlas.com/best-milky-way-images/ (LINK IN BIO) Thanks to all the photographers who have collaborated on this article: @nicholasroemmelt @theartofnight @danielkordan @mehmet.erguen @yuribeletsky @stefanliebermannphoto @roksolyana_hilevych @milesmorganphotography @joshbeames @pablo.ruizgarcia @astrophotobear @giulio_cobianchi_photo @marco_carotenuto @ryansmithfineartphoto @samuelsciclunaphotography @astrolina_photography @chanceallred @dieuga @debheyerphoto @petezelinka @melaniefritz_foto @ramonmorcillov @juliocastropardo @utahastrophotography_bts @pakhalyuk_photo . . . #milkyway #night #milkyways #milkyway_nightscapes #nightphotography #earthfocus #earthofficial #earth_shotz #landscape #landscapes #naturephoto #naturephotography #milkywayshooters #bestdarkphoto #epicmagez #rsa_night #igpodium_night #night_shoot #ig_astrophotography #astrophoto #astrophotographyporn #astrophotography #vialactea #fotografianocturna #nightscape #milkywaychasers #night_excl #astrofotografie #astrofotografia #igworldclub_astrophotography
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The mesmerising photos, posted by travel photography blog Capture The Atlas, prove just how beautiful our spiral galaxy is.
The blog rounded up what it considers to be the “25 most inspiring Milky Way pictures”.
Capture the Atlas explained: “To help you find inspiration for planning and executing your Milky Way shots, we’ve gathered the best Milky Way images taken around the world, as we do every year.
“Buckle up because this trip is going to take you from the far American Wild West to the unfamiliar landscapes of Antarctica, passing by spectacular deserts, glaciers, mountains, beaches…always with the Milky Way shining in the sky.”
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CLIMBING THE SHARK ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ I know, there is only one „WEG DURCH DEN FISCH“ (the name of a famous climbing route. The best translation would probably be : „Way through the fish“) and this climbing route is located in the southface of the „Queen of the Dolomites“ the Marmolada. Anyway, this glacial gate instantly had reminded me of a gigantic shark and thus for me it’s a photographic homage for Hansjörg Auer, one the best climbers of our time, who unfortunately had been killed in an accident while climbing the Canadian Mountain Howse Peak (together with David Lama and Jess Roskelley) last year. Hansjörg Auer from Ötztal in Tyrol, one of the best climbers of all time had managed to climb the 37 pitches route „WEG DURCH DEN FISCH“ 9- (7b+) free solo (that means no rope or any other belaying technique) 2007, which was a milestone in climbing history. Rest in peace Hansjörg! However, our really short pitch in the ice of the glacier is of course not as difficult at all, but I instantly had this picture in mind as I had seen the glacier gate for the first time. I couldn’t help myself but that compact and overhanging ice shield had to be climbed . Anyway, on the panorama you can see Christina climbing the „shark“ and me belaying. The hardest thing for me was belaying and triggering the remote at the same time hahaha … You definitely should view that panorama on the biggest screen possible as there are so many details in here … so you may head over to Facebook to have a look there ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @nicholasroemmelt ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ …………………… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #glaciercave #Eishöhle #Milkyway #nightscapes #nightshooters #weownthenight #rsa_night #addicted_to_nights #nightscaper #ig_nightphotography #intothenight #supreme_nightshots #ig_shutternights #night_excl #nightphotography_exclusive #thehub_night #night_captures #ig_nightphotography #night_shooterz #igpodium_night #welcometonature #neuehorizonte #earthofficial #jaw_dropping_shotz #beautifuldestinations #nightphotography
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Review 2018 2. Namibia So far the most impressive trip of my life. This endless wideness, the amazing sun ups and downs and finally this breathtaking wooow mindblowing starry sky. It was like a dream! You really have to visit Namibia <3. Here my favorite image taken on the trip… of course Deadvlei during the night: What planet is this? It is the only planet currently known to have trees. The trees in Deadvlei, though, have been dead for over 500 years. Located in Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia (Earth), saplings grew after rainfall caused a local river to overflow, but died after sand dunes shifted to section off the river. High above and far in the distance, the band of our Milky Way Galaxy forms an arch over a large stalk in this well-timed composite image, taken last month. The soil of white clay appears to glow by reflected starlight. Rising on the left, under the Milky Way’s arch, is a band of zodiacal light — sunlight reflected by dust orbiting in the inner Solar System. On the right, just above one of Earth’s larger sand dunes, an astute eye can find the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our galaxy. Finding the Small Magellanic Cloud in the featured image, though, is perhaps too hard. Panorama of 13 single photos: Sony A7s | Sigma 14mm | F/1.8 | 30s | ISO 5000 #longexpoelite #milkywayscientists #sky_captures #astro_photography_ #nightphotography #earthofficial #night_shooterz #nightshooters #nightimages #pictureoftheday #photooftheday #milkywaychasers #longexposure_shots #night #night_excl #sigmaphoto #newmilkyway #nightscaper #nightskape #africageophoto #longexpo_addiction #africa #africanamazing #AFRICANature #ps_starry #explorenamibia #savetherhino #namibia #natgeo #sonyalpha @longexposure_shots @longexpoelite @longexpo_addiction @longexposure_pix
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Most of the images in the roundup were taken during “Milky Way season” in 2019 and 2020.
This season runs from spring to autumn each year and sees the bright core of our galaxy become very visible at night.
The Galactic Centre of the Milky Way, where supermassive blackhole Sagittarius A* is located, can appear in different positions in the sky depending on the time of year.
Early on in the season, from March to around June, the Milky Way can appear arch like.
Later on it’s said to be more diagonal and eventually vertical.
If you want to try and take your own snap of the Milky Way then summer is said to be the best time.
Photographer Dan Zafra told Forbes: “It’s important to choose one of the best days of the season to photograph the Milky Way.
“For this you can use a Milky Way Calendar according to your location, and look for a dark place away from light pollution.
“I recommend focusing before dusk since focusing at night is more challenging.
“If there’s no other option, you can use the live view mode on your camera and zoom in on a bright star adjusting your focus ring manually until you can see the star sharp.”
For the best chance of getting a good image you’ll need a pretty good digital camera.
Milky Way facts
Here’s some things you might not have known about our galaxy…
- The Milky Way is almost as old as the Universe itself with recently estimates suggestings that the Universe is around 13.7 or 13.8billion years old and the Milky Way is thought to be about 13.6billion years old
- the Milky Way is disk shaped and measures about 120,000 light years across
- It has a supermassive black hole in the middle called Sagittarius A*
- It contains over 200 billion stars
- It is thought to have an invisible halo made of dark matter
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What’s your favourite Milky Way photo? Let us know in the comments…
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