The Milky Way

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. Its name “milky” is derived from its appearance as a dim glowing band arching across the night sky in which the naked eye cannot distinguish individual stars. From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Up until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that all of the stars in the Universe were contained inside of the Milky Way. Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies—now known to be billions.

The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy that has a diameter usually considered to be roughly 100,000–120,000 light-years but may be 150,000–180,000 light-years. The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars, although this number may be as high as one trillion. There are probably at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way . The Solar System is located within the disk, about 27,000 light-years from the Galactic Center, on the inner edge of one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of gas and dust called the Orion Arm. The stars in the inner ≈10,000 light-years form a bulge and one or more bars that radiate from the bulge. The very center is marked by an intense radio source, named Sagittarius A, which is likely to be a supermassive black hole.

Photos is available in different formats JPG/RAW/TIFF. Some of the photos are a combination/result of the stacking of many individal photos, to increase detail and reduce noise in the results.

Bromo volcano milkyway bimasakit galactic center july 2017 tengger Indonesia Samyang
(19th August 2017)
Bromo volcano milkyway bimasakit galactic center july 2017 tengger Indonesia Samyang
(19th August 2017)
Bromo volcano milkyway bimasakit galactic center july 2017 tengger Indonesia Samyang
Tengger Caldera, East-Java, Indonesia. (July 2017)
Bromo volcano milkyway bimasakit galactic center july 2017 tengger Indonesia Samyang
(July 2017)
Bromo volcano milkyway bimasakit galactic center july 2017 tengger Indonesia Samyang
(July 2017)

 

June 2016
June 2016
Galactic Center Milky Way Bromo Indonesia 2015
Meteor falling over the Tengger Caldera, Indonesia on the 14th June 2015. The disk-shaped structure of the Galactic Center of the milky way is visible over the mountains.
Galactic Center Milky Way Bromo Indonesia 2015
Milky way galactic centre over the Tengger Caldera, Indonesia on the 14th June 2015. A volcano (Semeru) is seen erupting in the background.
Galactic centre, milky way, Indonesia
May 2014. Photo location: Tengger Caldera, East Java, Indonesia. The mountain furthest to the back, Mount Semeru, is the tallest mountain on Java, and on the photo you see lights on the top of it, which is hikers, that are trying to get to its summit before sunrise.
Galactic centre, milky way, Indonesia
May 2014. Galactic centre of the milky way packed with stars. The densest region, is marked by an intense radio source, named Sagittarius A, which is likely to be a supermassive black hole.
Milky Way Bromo 2014
March 2014. Photo Location: Tengger Caldera, East Java, Indonesia
March 2014. Photo Location: Tengger Caldera, East Java, Indonesia
March 2014. Photo Location: Tengger Caldera, East Java, Indonesia

 

Milky way, Krakatau Volcano, Indonesia
Photo Location: Krakatau Volcano, Sunda Strait, Indonesia. October 2013.

 

Star trails during a long exposure,. The stars seem to be moving, however it is the earths rotation that creates this illusion. (August 2012)
Star trails during a long exposure,. The stars seem to be moving, however it is the earths rotation that creates this illusion. (August 2012)
August 2012. Tengger Caldera, Indonesia.
August 2012. Tengger Caldera, Indonesia.

 

 



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