Have you seen the Milky Way yet this summer? Astronomy Picture of the Day The summer Milky Way allows those of us in the Northern Hemisphere to gaze towards the galactic center, the thickest portion of our own galaxy. Time is running out if you haven’t yet been out under a dark sky to witness it. The Milky Way in Sagittarius and Scorpius will begin to fall below the horizon. By winter, we’re staring away from the center of the galaxy at night, toward rural areas.
But don’t panic if you haven’t yet seen the summer Milky Way. We have a photo of the Summer Milky Way.
For 10 years, the stargazer had hoped to take a photograph like this. The dreamer was aware that the White Desert National Park in Egypt’s Western Desert is a beautiful region with many chalk formations carved into strange forms by a sandy wind.
The dreamer understood that on a clear moonless night, the sky overhead might be strikingly black, revealing highlights such as the center band of our Milky Way Galaxy in stunning color and clarity. So the dreamer contacted a more skilled astrophotographer to join him in the desert for three weeks to prepare the composite photographs that would be shot and processed to make the dream image.
The base photographs were taken across three days in mid-March, all with the same camera and from the same position. The stunning end effect is shown below, with the dreamer in the front, proudly wearing a traditional Bedouin galaxy.