This amazing image shows us a once in a lifetime view of the Milky Way through a fish-eye lens that was exposed on July 8th, 2013 for roughly 30 minutes.
The image was captured at the Pic Du Midi Observatory in southern France at an altitude of 10,000 feet (or 3,050m). The photo was taken with a modified Canon 50d camera and contains a beautiful earthly reference of the Pyrenees Mountains are visible at the bottom of the image.
What you’re looking at is one of the most luminous portions of the Milky Way, the the Galactic Center in Sagittarius which is approximately 27,000 light years from Earth.
This specific portion of the Milky Way, although extremely luminous, is quite elusive to the human eye; due to the edge-on view of our galaxy, it can only be seen in extremely dark locations in the Northern Hemisphere, or during the winter in the Souther Hemisphere.
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