THE MILKY WAY (a time lapse)

June 8th, 2017

    The Milky Way, or amanogawa as it is called here in Japan, is now unable to be seen by 80% of Americans and about one third of the world population. This is due to light pollution. Even in Hoshinomura, light pollution from a small city can be seen as a yellow-orange glow on the horizon. For me, it is a sight worth seeing, and one that I never tire of.  I must drive about 50 miles to Hoshinomura to get a relatively clear view of it. That is where this time lapse was taken.

  Few sights are as primal or awe-inspiring  as the core of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the great expanse of space it floats in. I believe it was from Carl Sagan, the great astronomer and writer, that I learned we are all made up of star matter that is scattered throughout the heavens when huge stars explode in what is known as a supernova.  Perhaps, even more powerful than the pull of the ocean, is the pull of the night skies that beckons us back to our true origin.

One thought on “THE MILKY WAY (a time lapse)”

  1. For me, it was like seeing our place within this galaxy – our solar systems’ parent, the Milky Way Galaxy. Because of this, one can more readily feel the enormity of the vastness of it all! Just think, traveling at the speed of light, it would take us 100,000 years to cross the Milky Way Galaxy!!


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