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.