The night sky outside of cities or towns is a remarkable sight of nature. It is impossible to describe how bright the sky is, if one hasn’t seen it before. Last week, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend some time in N Wisconsin, near Wausau. My wife, an avid amateur astronomer, noticed the sky full of stars even during the drive to our destination. During our stay there, we took an evening off just to enjoy the sky devoid of any light pollution. I thought I’d try my hand at photographing some of the better known stars. The main challenge was to find an open spot and set up the gear in complete darkness. Some coyotes and owls nearby kept things interesting while we were setting up the camera.
The sky reminded of an ancient Indian saying – “In all directions, Suns, Suns, Suns”. It is easy to be an astronomer when one doesn’t need a telescope. For one of my images, I attempted a panorama of the Milky Way that stretched from the eastern horizon to west. It took four shots and some awkward bending and twisting to get it in the viewfinder, to capture the entire stretch during the course of which our galaxy kept moving out of sight. And we got to see a shooting star!
So finally, here it is – our home in space. From end to end.