Damn: Milky Way Galaxy Over Yellowstone National Park

August 28, 2014

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Note: Worthwhile larger version HERE. Full-res version available from NASA here (click the photo).

This is a composite of 16 separate photos taken and stitched together by astronomer Dave Lane to create a panorama of the Milky Way Galaxy's central band above Silex Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Damn, that is a whole lot of beauty in one photo. Like if you stitched together every Playboy centerfold, then if you looked at them from far away they all formed ANOTHER naked lady. Yeah, just like that. A nipple for every star.

Thanks to Pavel, who likes to stargaze at night and ponder the meaning of life. Me? I like to get just drunk enough to pass out and not wake up at all in the middle of the night.

  • derp

    I hate when people say this is a picture of <insert>.

    No, its not a picture. It's photoshop...entirely photoshop.

    If i take a picture of an Apple, and then a picture of an Orange, stitch them together i do NOT get a "photo" of the elusive "Arange" that I know everyone who watches Family Fued is looking for.

    Same can be said about 16 separate photo's that are stitched together to create this composite render of an impossible to see, non-existent sky.

  • JJtoob

    I typically would react the same as you, but when the photographer admits to heavy manipulation, I have no problems with it. I hate it when people do this and leave no explanation in the description, so those who are not experts think a fake ass picture is real (like the many cityscapes with the milky way behind them). I say "heavy" manipulation because no professional photographer that I know publishes images that had zero editing. The only photographer I've heard claim to not have touched up a picture was the guy who took the famous Windows XP "Bliss" default wallpaper when talking about that picture itself.

  • dinkle peterage

    My mother's cousin-in-law made 90, 000 rupees working from ho-oh my goodness is that beautiful! Damn, I totally forgot what I was just spamming...shoot. oh well, it'll come back to me.

  • Grevans

    But GW, the other resolutions aren't worthwhile. Why do you continously lie to us?

  • YipYap

    That is so cool. It doesn't even look real.

  • zin

    I've always wanted to go to Yellowstone & mine out all the jelly veins.

  • JJtoob

    It's... BEAUTIFUL!!!

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