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04-12-2021, 01:29 PM - 9 Likes   #1
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An image of the Milky Way that took 12 years to photograph

This is a picture of a supernova. It took three years to take (or build up) this picture.




It is only a small detail of a much bigger image.



It all took twelve years to make.

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Metsavainio lives about 90 miles from the Arctic Circle and has a private, at-home observatory, pictured below. For six months of the year, the cloudless sky above his home is ideal for stargazing. He takes advantage of this winter period to observe objects via telescope and snap photographs of them.
"I work every single clear night," he said.
Metsavainio said he often stays up late, photographing in silence. On a given night, he added, he can observe an object for four to seven hours, depending on its height on the sky.
Astro Anarchy: Milky Way, 12 years, 1250 hours of exposures and 125 x 22 degrees of sky THIS IS A PERMANENT POST

Photographer Spends 12 Years, 1250 Hours, Exposing Photo of Milky Way | PetaPixel

A stunning image of the Milky Way took 12 years to photograph ? It shows the ghost of a supernova


I feel a little unworthy now...

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Don't feel unworthy; just move in his neighborhood.
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Astounding work and dedication.
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wow, that is dedication. And I was proud of my 5 minute exposure...

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Some astronomy education (if you care!?): the "W" in Supernova Remnant W63 is for Gart Westerhout, a Dutch astronomer who compiled a list of interesting objects in the Milky Way galaxy. He later was the Chair of the Astronomy Department at the University of Maryland, which is where he was when I got to know him, thanks to his radio astronomical mapping of the neutral hydrogen in our Milky Way galaxy. He was using the radio telescopes of the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WVa, where I was a summer student in the late 60s and later on their Staff in the late 70s. I taught swimming to his daughters at the NRAO pool!
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QuoteOriginally posted by AstroDave Quote
Some astronomy education (if you care!?): the "W" in Supernova Remnant W63 is for Gart Westerhout, a Dutch astronomer who compiled a list of interesting objects in the Milky Way galaxy. He later was the Chair of the Astronomy Department at the University of Maryland, which is where he was when I got to know him, thanks to his radio astronomical mapping of the neutral hydrogen in our Milky Way galaxy. He was using the radio telescopes of the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, WVa, where I was a summer student in the late 60s and later on their Staff in the late 70s. I taught swimming to his daughters at the NRAO pool!
Ok, so we’re staring to see where the Astro part of your forum name derives from!
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Ok, so we’re staring to see where the Astro part of your forum name derives from!
True!
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That's mindblowing. But also oddly reminds me of playing Elite : Dangerous.

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Beautiful work!
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Dedication to one's craft. Excellent example of how time, patience and skill can produce incredible results.
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