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Catskill N.Y. Milky Way Photography. night photography showing a 1957 pink cadillac under the milkway

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Catskills N.Y. Castle and Milky Way

Pemaquid Point Maine Milky Way

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Maine Coast Milky Way locations 

Cherry Springs State Park Milky Way

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Cherry Springs State Park

Rocky-Mountain-National-Park-Milky Way with a bright yellow classic car under the milky way and dark sky galaxy

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Rocky Mountain National Park 

Learn how to shoot it once you find it. 🙂  Go to our how to section by clicking the link.

How to Shoot Milky Way and Night Sky/Dark Sky Photography

Pemaquid Point Maine Milky Way

Renowned Photographer Pamela Goodyer doing her self-portrait all alone at Pemaquid Point under the Milky Way.

Pemaquid Point Maine Milky Way

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine

Milky Way Photography Hot Spot.

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The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The descriptive “milky” is derived from the appearance from Earth of the galaxy – a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek γαλαξίας κύκλος (galaxías kýklos, “milky circle”) From Earth, the Milky Way appears like a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe.[28] Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers, Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies.

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter between 100,000 and 180,000 light-years (ly). The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars. There are probably at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way. The Solar System is located within the disk, about 26,000 light-years from the Galactic Center, on the inner edge of the Orion Arm, one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of gas and dust. The stars in the inner ≈10,000 light-years form a bulge and one or more bars that radiate from the bulge. The very center is marked by an intense radio source, named Sagittarius A*, which is likely to be a supermassive black hole.

Stars and gases at a wide range of distances from the Galactic Center orbit at approximately 220 kilometers per second. The constant rotation speed contradicts the laws of Keplerian dynamics and suggests that much of the mass of the Milky Way does not emit or absorb electromagnetic radiation. This mass has been termed “dark matter”. The rotational period is about 240 million years at the position of the Sun. The Milky Way as a whole is moving at a velocity of approximately 600 km per second with respect to extragalactic frames of reference. The oldest stars in the Milky Way are nearly as old as the Universe itself and thus probably formed shortly after the Dark Ages of the Big Bang.

The Milky Way has several satellite galaxies and is part of the Local Group of galaxies, which is a component of the Virgo Supercluster, which is itself a component of the Laniakea Supercluster.

Light Painting

The next step is to learn to light up the subjects under the milky way by painting them with light. This is where being an artist comes into play. The basics idea is to light up just what it is that you want to appear in the image with a good flashlight. Experimentation sometimes will lead to pretty interesting images. Remember if something is moving in your image and the light hits it, it will blur. If it is a stationary object like the pink car above it cannot blur. If a person was in the image and they moved the car would be clear and the person would blur if they move.  You can go to our painting with light section for more details here.  That page will be up soon. We are building away! Milky Way Photography Hot Spots.


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