Image Cache: If our planet Earth had a street address, it would read something like this: Local Interstellar Cloud, Local Bubble, Orion–Cygnus Arm, Milky Way. We live in the Milky Way galaxy, and an Aussie photographer has captured a 58-photo mosaic of what our little spot in the universe looks like, hidden in the Western Australia night sky.
Photographed by Trevor Dobson, this photo of the Guilderton Lighthouse in Western Australia — with the dramatic arch of the Milky Way Galaxy behind it — is incredible. Captured using a Nikon D5100 and 35mm f/1.8 lens, Trevor shared the image on Reddit’s r/space forum, where it’s currently extremely popular. And so it should be — it’s an incredible piece of art. From Reddit:
This panorama stretches approximately 200 degrees from east to west. The air pollution behind the lighthouse is from my home city of Perth, directly south of Guilderton. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are clearly visible just above the air pollution to the right of the lighthouse.
If you want to see the photo in its high-resolution glory, head to Flickr where you can find a 17242x8590pixel version. Here’s a tip — don’t try to load the 131MB file on mobile, and load the JPG directly if your Flickr page crashes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Good luck, and godspeed.