The Milky Way

There is always a first time for everything.  Some of our photography club members with the help of an expert in this genre met at the Everglades National Park for this expedition.  Nobody was able to sleep the night before because our departure time to the park was at 2 AM, in order to get settle on time for the event.  It was “peach dark” when we arrived an hour later and with the help of flashlights and our camera gears, tripods etc… we started to walk for about 10 minutes on a slippery path along a lake (full of alligators and snakes: the worst types:( diamondback and/python)  Around 4 AM, the Milky Way was seen by our expert and we were ready to start shooting.  My first experience of such sort.  Not the best, cause one needs to previously focus at infinity on a manual mode and make sure that the setting is fixed with a tape to the lens etc…Despite my best attempts, I came up with the sots that you can view below.  I am not a Star Trek fan per se, but what an experience and fun we all had.  We came back home late in the afternoon after exploring the marvelous Everglades National Park.  Hope you enjoy  these shots.

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The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The descriptive “milky” is derived from the appearance from Earth of the galaxy – a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term “Milky Way” is a translation of theLatin via lactea, from the Greek (galaxías kýklos, “milky circle”).  From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo-Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe.  Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations byEdwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies.

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The “Milky Way” can be seen as a hazy band of white light some 30 degrees wide arcing across the sky.

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The darker the sky, meaning less environmental and city lights, the better the Milky Way can be seen.

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