Milky Way as Observed from Milos Island, Greece

August 24, 2014


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

The image above shows the glow of the Milky Way over a newly harvested crop of hay as observed from Milos Island, Greece. On long exposure views such as this one, the immense size of the Milky Way (about 100 thousand light years in diameter) can be clearly seen. However, the glow is typically too dim to detect from urban areas or from areas where light pollution is prevalent. The Milky Way's limiting magnitude of 5.1 means that it's now primarily a phenomenon of rural regions. Photo taken on July 3, 2014.

Photo details: Camera: Nikon D7000; ISO 1200; f/2.8; Focal Length: 28mm; Exposure time: 92 seconds; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows.