🌌🌟"Our Sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity". -Werner von Braun
On our second day in Iceland we got stuck in Reykjavik due to a storm and road closures. Once we figured out a backup plan and sorted out a place to stay we drove out towards the airport to try to get a glimpse of the northern lights. It was dark, the roads were snowy and we essentially had no idea where we were going so we followed behind a tour bus as they exited the highway. After a few minutes drive we found a safe place to pull over and started staring at the sky. .
I was skeptical that we would even see the northern lights because the level of solar activity was low and I refused to even set up my tripod but after a few minutes I was shocked and amazed by the light display off in the distance. #longexposure#frommers
G’day everyone, @the.astro.man back for my final image to show you as I’m taking over the Universe Today Instagram account.
This is an 18 panel mosaic around the centre of the Milky Way. I was originally supposed to be a 36 panel but silly me put in some of the wrong coordinates and many of the panels don’t quite match up.
I have left my favourite image for last. It was taken with a Nikon D7200 and Sigma Art 85mm @ F/2.8. Each panel contains 7 x 180s images that have been stacked. At full resolution this is a 250 megapixel image. Comparing this image to the one earlier today you can see that there is a significant difference in the level on contrast in the small dusty regions around the Sagittarius constellation (the very centre of the Milky Way). For the rest of this year (starting in May) I am planning on create a 65 gigapixel 1000 panel mosaic of the centre of the Milly Way. If you want to keep up with the updates of this venture, follow me @the.astro.man and now this is Colin from The Land Down Under signing off. Thanks again Fraser for the honour of taking over the Universe Today Instagram Page.
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