The Milky Way Galaxy before moonrise

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    Part of my Utatan Personal Project series.
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    It would seem that the intellectual shift to a heliocentric vision of the Cosmos might diminish our importance. No longer does the "world revolve around you," we are told as we move from childhood to adulthood. We are but mere motes on a speck of dust revolving around an ordinary star 27,000 light years from the centre of our own galaxy.

    Now, being on the periphery isn't such a bad thing. From our vantage point we can examine the vastness of the Cosmos and wonder if there are others "out there." Perhaps one day the people of this planet will come to the realization that despite our petty differences, our vanities, our diverse hopes and dreams, we all share the fact that we are fundamentally human beings, the conscious life of this shared planet.

    And maybe we will be awed by the idea that we are also connected to the Cosmos, for the laws of physics apply equally here on this planet as it does in a different part of the universe. We are literally star stuff, Carl Sagan quipped, as the basic atomic elements that make up our bodies are present everywhere in the universe.
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    TripTrip Photography, Friendly Joe, and 121 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. [mummalu] 94 months ago | reply

      love the colour!
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      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    2. Friendly Joe 94 months ago | reply

      You're hurting my feelings now.
      Too much light pollution around Chicago to even consider seeing this.
      :(

    3. slworking2 94 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot!

    4. Lú_ 93 months ago | reply

      "We are literally star stuff" -- through and through, soul and body and all -- and look what we can do when we know that!

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      Seen in The Utatan. (?)

    5. NSK photography [deleted] 93 months ago | reply

      this whole set is very beautiful

    6. ramblinglibrarian 90 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this photo! I've used it for an amateur music video I put together:
      seastars2007.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/music-video-dolphin...
      OR
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=enB6iPdujTI
      Your photo appears at the 16 sec mark. Best regards!

    7. The Spiritual Eclectic 86 months ago | reply

      I blogged this photo--thank you! It expressed exactly how I felt.

      thespiritualeclectic.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/the-spiritu...

      Lorna Tedder

    8. Marcio Carrasco 82 months ago | reply

      Excellent work!

      hugs

    9. shopper2009 77 months ago | reply

      dude great work

    10. Stevie Steve Steven 73 months ago | reply

      Good shot...!! Be sure to check out my space pics too !!

      -Steve

    11. MattHunX 72 months ago | reply

      Very Nice! Also like your comment about humanity. We're not the no.1 race in the Universe. Heck! We're probably somewhere WAAAAY down the list.

    12. totographe 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, thanks to the CC licence, I used your photo as an illustration to an article about constellation photography.
      bokeh.fr/blog/tutoriaux/photographier-les-constellations/ or
      totographe.free.fr/index.php?post/2009/07/29/Photographie...
      Thanks for the sharing and great work :)
      Emmanuel

    13. Daniela Dawson 68 months ago | reply

      Absolutely amazing! Might be my favorite photo of all time, I'm fascinated by the stars :)

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