There are approximately 200 globular clusters which may contain up to 200 billion stars each. The Milky way contains 200 billion stars give or take. These numbers are essential to understanding what a galaxy is but when contemplating this with the human mind, it protests that it cannot be so. Yet the examination of the evidence brings you to the conclusion that it is and if you take that conclusion out on a clear dark night and look up to the night sky you will see something that might change your life. Take a modest telescope and let your eyes adjust to the dark and get the focus just right, you will see that mist for what it really is. More stars. Like dust. Fading into what tastes like infinity. But you've got to have the knowledge, seeing is only half of it. Hopeless gravity. The despair of distance. But I feel safe because I know my world is protected by the very distance others fear. Its like the universe screams in your face "Do you know what I am? Do you know how grand I am? How old I am? Can you even comprehended what I am? What are you ...compared to me?". And when you know enough science you can just smile up at the universe and say "Dude, I am you".
About The Shot I honestly didn't do a whole lot of editing in photoshop. I cropped, cut, and re-sized it. I also enhanced the contrast and brightness because the initial image (and milky way) was so dark but the rest of it is hardly touched. It is -amazing- how beautiful the stars can be when you are out in the middle of no where. Look up and be humbled by the world we live in and be happy to be privileged the gift of life <3
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My first mini world panorama! Not great, but it worked out pretty good for how little effort I put into shooting the photos. I didn't use any tripod or anything. Just quickly shot the images. It was an experiment for me, so i wasn't too concerned about details.
What I did: Took images of everything in view. Then used the mac program PTGui Pro to stitch and blend the images together. The sky and grass I had to manually put in place. Also had to edit out my shadow.