Check out these photos of the Milky Way

Chances are you’re currently doomscrolling endless TikToks and reels about wildfires, smoking houses, and other climate disasters at work. While you’re at it, scroll through these amazing pictures of our Milky Way.

Our expanding Milky Way is a strange place. It wants to peck Stars from other galaxies Meanwhile mysteriously distorts. That will happen in about four billion years As expected Another galaxy is colliding with Andromeda, but until then we can still enjoy these images.

A travel blog is chosen every year Grab the Atlas 25 Best Photos of the Milky Way from Different Countries May is the peak of the Milky Way season, which lasts from February to October in the Northern Hemisphere and January to November in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s best photos come from 12 countries, including Egypt, Slovenia, Australia, Spain, Japan and the United States.

Alvin Wu’s ‘Ice Age’ in Tibet

Taken at an altitude of 5070 meters, this photo shows Lake Pumonguo in Tibet, which freezes completely in winter. At night, when the temperature drops to minus 20 degrees, you can even hear the sound of ice cracking. “I was so happy to have the stars with me on this magical night,” says the photographer Alvin Wu In a press release from Grab the Atlas.

‘Lightning in the Milky Way’ by Jingye He in Xinjiang, China

This is a view of the Milky Way from Tahaidao Desert in Xinjiang (China). Strong winds and climatic conditions have resulted in the formation of distinct mountains in the region, which have the distinctive shape of a Yardong (Mountain Ridge) Assumptions.

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‘The Secret’ by Martin Zajac in America

Native Americans carved thousands of years ago Petroglyphs In large volcanic rocks. They carved the dark surface of the rock and created animal and geometric designs on the lighter rock below. “This photo is skyward, creating a combination of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and the night sky,” says Zajac.

‘Winter Sky Over the Mountains’ by Tomáš Slovinský in Slovakia

This arc of the Milky Way stretches above the Low Tatras mountains in Slovakia, where temperatures dropped to minus fourteen degrees Celsius this winter. In winter, the part of the Milky Way visible from Earth is thinner, with fewer stars visible, but also objects that are invisible to the naked eye. “These objects are fully visible An astronomical modified camera. To capture this, I used a special H-alpha filter,” says Slowinski. The picture shows a small Slowinsky Between Mars and two open star clusters, the Pleiades and Hyades.

‘The Milky Way Above the Pinnacles’ by Trevor Dobson in Australia

This panoramic view of the Milky Way was taken in the Pinnacles Desert, two hours north of Perth in Western Australia, and consists of 124 (!!!) individual frames. “The pinnacles are a great place for astrophotography,” he says Dobson. “This area is filled with thousands of limestone rocks, which makes the compositional possibilities endless. It’s one of the reasons I come here year after year.

Benjamin Paragot’s ‘House of Lavender’ in France

“I took this photo of the Milky Way last summer in Valensole, France,” says the photographer Benjamin Bargat. “The smell and atmosphere of these lavender fields is unreal, and it’s wonderful to be in them in the middle of the night, especially since the bees are sleeping and you don’t risk getting stung!”

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‘Path to the Past’ by Jose Manuel Galvan Rangel from Spain

To get the perfect star shot, astrophotographers often travel to the Extremadura region of Spain. The lack of pollution and urban lights makes the area ideal for astrophotographers. Photographer Jose Manuel Galvan Rangeley It is described as a ‘natural paradise’. “I took this photo in a remote town in Extremadura called Salvador de los Barros,” says Rangel. “In this city, unknown in the rest of the world, you will find a magnificent castle from the fifteenth century under the light of millions of stars.”

‘Egyptian Nights’ by Burak Esenbe in Egypt

Five hours west of Cairo lies a white desert with photogenic sand dunes and rock formations. “Unique rock formations lead to interesting combinations,” he says Photographer Burak Esenbe, who took this photo during his first visit to Egypt. “White Desert was our focus here, where there is a lot of nature and 1-2 skies on board,” he adds. The scale on the board, from 1 to 9, measures the brightness of the night sky. 1 A dark sky, in which stars, constellations, and other objects are visible, is best suited for astrophotography.

‘Perseid Rain on Mangart Pass’ by Uroš Fink in Slovenia

“I love nature. I feel generous, but small at the same time, when I’m in a peaceful silence under a starry sky,” says the photographer. Uros Fink. Fink and his friend planned to spend six months filming in Mongard Pass, Slovenia. But when the night came the sky was overcast. “I filmed some meteors shooting across the sky,” he recalls. “What always excites me about shooting the night sky is that you never know what to expect; there are surprises everywhere. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. In the end, the experience did not disappoint me in any way.

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Mount Fuji and the Milky Way of Lake Kawaguchi by Takemochi Yuki in Japan

Photographer Takemochi Yuki took this shot around 3am in Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture. “It’s only in spring that you can capture this nighttime view of Mount Fuji and the Milky Way,” says Yuki. “It’s hard to reach the road because it’s covered in snow in winter. As it warms up in summer, the Milky Way rises to the west and goes out of the picture. I shot different parts of the scene and different exposures to balance all the light.

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