A Glorious Dawn
"The sky calls to us.
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day venture to the stars.
A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns:
The rising of the milky way.
The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature."
- Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)
The background for this image is a panorama which was stitched together from four shots (each exposed for 30 seconds) taken from my bedroom window. It has been shamelessly Photoshopped with some cosmic goodness for added effect. See this shot for a more realistic version of the view above.