Astonomy Photographer of 2011 Winner – Galactic Paradise by Tunc Tezel

| September 11, 2011

This heavenly view of the southern Milky Way arching in the sky space is photographed from a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. On the left the brightest region in the band of Milky Way is the galactic central bulge toward the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius. Bright stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri, the Southern Cross, and the Coalsack dark nebula appear in the right along the fading Milky Way band. This pacific paradise in the southern hemisphere is Mangaia, the most southerly of the Cook Islands. This volcanic remnant has the distinction of being the oldest island in the Pacific dating back to about 18 million years ago. As noted by the photographer, Tunc Tezel “I traveled to this 10 km wide island with only 500 Polynesian residents because the total solar eclipse path of 11 July 2010 was passing over this location.

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What the photographer says:

‘When I travelled to see the total solar eclipse of 11 July 2010, I stayed in Oneroa village on the west coast of Mangaia, Cook Islands. This is how the sky looked from a relatively open area just outside Oneroa village.’

Hutech modified Canon 5D DSLR camera with a 24 mm lens – What it shows:

Forming a dramatic backdrop to a tropical skyline, the Milky Way galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars in a disc-like structure. Our Sun lies within the disc, about two-thirds of the way out from the centre, so we see it as a bright band encircling the sky. This southern hemisphere view highlights dark clouds of dust that aboriginal Australian astronomers called the ‘Emu in the sky’.

What the judges say:

Will Gater says: ‘This beautiful image has a truly magical feel to it. I love how the rich star fields of the Milky Way appear to follow the line of the horizon. Look closely and you’ll see many pink nebulae nestled within our galaxy’s spiral arms.’

What Flickr members say:

Ayiomamitis says: ‘WoW!…Truly outstanding in every sense of the word. Great composition and equally great execution.’

Source: NMM UK


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