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River of Stars

The Milky Way is sometimes described as "a river of stars". In this picture, it looks as if a boat would be ready for a ride on that river of stars. In fact, the boat floats in a small alpine lake in the nature park Grebenzen-Zirbitzkogel (Styria, Austria). The milky way stretches across the dark sky over the lake, and you can even see the reflection of the milky way on the surface of the lake.


Singe exposure of 60 seconds with Canon EOS 550D at ISO 3200, 10mm fisheye lens, f/2.8. Tracked with the Vixen Polarie star tracker.


This image was explored on flickr on September 5, 2012. It was also submitted to the International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance in 2013. It was awarded with a "Noteable Mention". Over 700 images from 45 countries have been submitted to that contest, and you can see all winning and awarded photos in this video clip. (My photo appears at 4:53)

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Taken on August 20, 2012