Spectacular Seasonal Passages of the Milky Way Captured by an Astrophotographer

Milky Way photographs are more than magnificent, with stars that brighten the disk-shaped portion of the sky, and not just anyone can capture them in their splendor.

​A recently released image shows an impressive starry night scene photographed at the end of the summer of 2019 from the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, which is located in Portugal. It depicts the Milky Way’s galactic arc gleaming above a dead tree in Noudar Park.

The mosaic picture exhibits two regions of the Milky Way that are normally not visible at the same time. On the left side of the image is the ‘summer Milky Way,’ which slowly disappears on the western horizon when the end of summer approaches. On the other side of the arc, in the eastern sky, there is the ‘winter Milky Way,’ starting to show up with the winter constellations of Auriga as well as Taurus, gleaming bright.

In the meantime, the stars that shape the asterism called the Summer Triangle are depicted low on the horizon in the left area of the sky. The blue-colored star cluster known as the Pleiades is slowly arising in the sky, as the image shows on the right side of it, signaling the nearing of the winter season.

A Spectacular Collage

The collage includes 22 single images photographed with a Nikon D810a camera, with the ISO programmed to 2500 and a Sigma Art 20mm lens at f/1.6. The photographer who managed to capture and create such majestic panorama is Miguel Claro​, who is also an author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, and creates magnificent images of the night sky.

As a European Southern Observatory photo ambassador and member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he is an expert in astronomical ‘skyscapes’ that somehow connect the Earth and the night sky in a spectacular scene.

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