Milky Way Rising from the Sea

December 03, 2011

Milkyway emerging

Photographer: Stavros Hios
Summary Author: Stavros Hios; Jim Foster

The time exposed image above shows the gently glowing Milky Way seemingly rising from the Mediterranean Sea. It was captured from a beach not far from the village of Elia near Molaoi, Greece. The galactic center (in the constellation of Sagittarius - right center), the most luminous portion of the Milky Way, is some 27,000 light-years distant. In the foreground, mist from waves splashing over exposed rocks hangs in the air. At the far right, lights from the port of Gytheio are visible. Image taken on August 1, 2011.

Photo details: Nikon D3100 camera; 126 second exposure; ISO 1600, Tripod used.