The Milkyway, our own galaxy, rising in the east in this image, seen from Breaker Bay, Wellington. Unlike the majority of Milkyway images, this one shows it as a straight band, crossing the frame diagonally and showing the galaxy center in the middle.
This straight perspective is actually the correct one. Our own Solar System is located on the outskirts of our galaxy, which is shaped like a spiral, rather flat. When we look at the it from our perspective, towards its center, then it's pretty much like looking at a plate from one side - hence it looks like a straight band.
The gorgeous arc-shaped Milkyway images you see a lot, are indeed spectacular, but the arc shape is due to the way a camera sees it. The arc is a result of distortion. I did create some of these too, and will post them on here soon.
This is also a panorama. A vertical panorama of 5 individual images, to be exact.
Conditions in this night were not perfect, there were some clouds moving around. Interesting is their movement though. I can see 4 different directions, which means, those clouds were on different atmospheric altitudes, each with its own wind direction and speed.
This can, of course, be printed, but will need o be custom sized due to its panorama format.
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