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Greg Gibbs
Post Office Box 7,058,692,301
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Planet Earth
Solar System
Orion Spur
Perseus Arm
Milky Way Galaxy
Local Group
Virgo Super Cluster
The Universe


Featuring in this roughly 270 degree panorama (from right to left) is the glow of the coming dawn to the east with the triangular glow of the Zodiacal Light stretching out from in it along the line of the ecliptic. A meteor strike is to the left of that. The plane of the Milky Way stretches above where I live. The two brighter patches in the sky on the far left of frame are the Large Magellanic Cloud (lower) and Small Magellanic Cloud (upper), which are satellite galaxies of our own galaxy.
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Looks like the most perfect place in the universe!
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!!!!
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ZidanA Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Greg, as always, it is fantastic!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D I'm glad you like it.
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ChrisDonohoe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Amazing.
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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:iconsyzygi:
Syzygi Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous:D
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful work
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo ;)
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Photographer
I don't feel very discriminating in just "liking" everything, but your whole series of recent pictures is just superb!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the great feedback Bert :D I hope I can keep up the standard.
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
LOL, love your address. Simply stunning. :-)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much once again Margaret :D
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phrostie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I'm envious.
I was out last night and between all crap in the air and the light pollution I could hardly find a thing.

Awesome view
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes I am very lucky to have dark skies here. :D Thank you very much
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maddirawr Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Wow! This is incredible! What do you use to edit your photo's?
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D PS CS3 and PtGui Pro for panoramas like this.
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pdjbarber Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
words can't describe this shot...

is it a single shot? or is it a stitched panorama? either way VERY good
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D Panorama
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o0oLUXo0o Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
A M A Z I N G! ! :wow:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate :D
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Y4why Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
stunning !!!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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goldengirl11 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
oh WOW............. sorry I know this isn't a very impressive comment...but.......
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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andyhutchinson Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another cracking shot Greg. Could be the opening frame from a sci-fi movie. :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the nice feedback :D
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TabithasPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow this is gorgeous!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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TabithasPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're welcome :)
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
What an amazing capture....Beautiful image.....:love:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
:icondaydreamplz: You are so welcome :rose:
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How beautiful!
Also, enjoying your description :rose:

What I don't get: the band of our galaxy is right in the zenith above my head. And has been there since I consciously observed it (= 5 months). I'd never be able to take such a picture of it involving the horizon in any way.
How can a tiny distance of say 4.000km between yours and my location can make such a difference in the relative location of such an enormous and enormously far away object?
I enjoy how I "don't get that". Yet another thing to some day understand. :boogie:

I hope you, too, still, have these wonderful questions and the joy of wonder!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh and I should say that this picture is deceptive in how close it is showing the Milky Way to the horizon, as it is a panorama covering over 270 degrees horizontally and over 180 vertically.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"over 180 vertically"...:confused:
back to the think tank again. :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah. Sorry. Um...yeah that should have read over 100 degrees vertically.
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andyhutchinson Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What was the exposure time on each frame of the panorama, if you don't mind me asking? :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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andyhutchinson Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate - favourited. Got a 10-22mm on the way from B&H and plan to do some starscapes at the beach when it arrives. :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D I wish I could be standing next to you under a clear night sky to show you what I am about to try and describe, but I'll try my best. The band of the Milky Way does move significantly over the course of a night. I'm not sure what you are looking at when you say it is always above your head to be honest. I think the easiest way to show you how the band of the Milky Way moves across the sky is if you go outside the next clear night and ideally get well away from any artificial lights. You should be very familiar with the Southern Cross. At the moment at around about 7-8 pm it is pretty much standing upright in it's typical NZ flag position high in the sky and directly south. If you can imagine a straight line running through the arms of the cross or grab yourself something like a broom handle and hold it up, that is the plane of out Milky way. If you are in a dark sky area without the moon you should be able to see it. So when the southern cross is upright like this that line should extend to your left down to the eastern horizon and right to the western horizon. The central bulge of the milky way which is the brightest part in this picture at about 7-8pm at the moment will be just above the eastern horizon.
Now. The earth rotates once every 24 hours right. The stars (including the billions that make up the plane of the milky way) are fixed points in the sky. The beauty of the southern cross (SC) is it points to the point of rotation of the earth in relation to the sky for us in the southern hemisphere (google finding south celestial pole with the southern cross). As the earth rotates over the period of 24hours, so does the SC around the south celestial pole once every 24 hours. So at this time of year after 6 hours or a quarter of one revolution (midnight if you are looking at the sky at 8pm) the SC no longer is upright, it is laying on its right side as you look at it. So now draw a line through the arms and the plane of the Milky Way is running from pretty much South to North and the central bulge of the milky way is virtually straight over head. In another six hours (before dawn at this time of year) the southern cross is upside down lower down towards the southern horizon.
Having said all that what I rally should have done is just said go to [link] Zoom right out. Go to location and enter -35 in latitude and 147 in longitude (I know this isn't your actual location but it will be close enough for this demo) click GO and then click on time. Todays date should be already there. Enter 8pm as a 24 hour time ie. 20:00 and click GO. Now look for the words Crux (the southern cross) and Sagittarius (the central bulge of the milky way) Crux will be below centre and sagittarius will be to the left near the east horizon. Now increase the time to say midnight. What happens to crux and Sagittarius?. Increase the time again and see what happens to them.
Hope this helps a bit. You should always be able to photograph the milky way near the horizon. You just need to wait for it to come to the horizon. If it is straight overhead, wait 5 hours or so and it will be close to the west horizon.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
cheers, greg!
after posting my comment, I drew diagrams for over an hour, trying to depict what I remembered I had observed. couldn't make it match.

skymap cleared it all up!
pure coincidence that I had never seen the prominence of the MW near horizon. Today at 4am would have been an example. Set the alarm, got up: clouds. ah well. what you're gonna do. :shrug:

annette
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kari-over Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
incredible.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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HOMER65 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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