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Village at the center of the Milky Way | by herbraab
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Village at the center of the Milky Way

The center of the Milky Way seems to be located just behind the small village Greith in the nature park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen in the Austrian Alps. Of course, the center of our galaxy is actually some 27.000 light years away, and it is hidden from view by dense interstellar clouds.


The sky over Greith, located in the Seetal Alps at 1100 meters above sea level, is clear and dark. With everyone in the village asleep, the only artificial light comes from the grave candles in the cemetery which surrounds the church, illuminating the walls of the church with a reddish light. Low at the horizon, some yellowish light from distant cities is visible.


Single 30 second exposure with Canon EOS 550D at ISO 3200, 16mm f/2.8, Cokin P820 diffusor. Tracked with the Vixen Polarie star tracker.


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Taken on August 18, 2014