Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party

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This fascinating video is a time lapse video of night sky as it passes over the 2009 Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas. In this video, you will see the bright galactic core of the Milky Way crossing the Texas sky. Images taken with 15mm fisheye lens.

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Jane and Amy, have your Mom and Dad read this to you and show you the pictures of the center of our Milky Way!

Papa Lee loves you!

By Jane and Amy (not verified) on 24 Jan 2010 #permalink

Totally awesome! Is there a link to the modificatons done to your camera to allow capturing this without the digital noise that usually acompanies low light exposures?

Best regards,

Absolutely Stunning!
Hi Mom! :)

I showed this to my roommates over AM coffee. We would like to see more pictures like these. Thank you.

susan: i am always thrilled to share videos (and images) such as this one, and i spend hours each day seeking them out so i can share them with my readers. if you run across such a video in the future, please do send the link (it'll save me hours of searching, so i can purse more science writing instead) and it'll make my readers happy too.

I'm so jealous that people were able to witness this in real life. I wish I could live in an area where this can be seen. It's absolutely beautiful!

By Katryana Zide (not verified) on 27 Jan 2010 #permalink

I was at the Texas Star Party this last year, and will be making my 4th trip to West Texas for TSP in May. This video is incredible, but there is nothing compared to actually seeing this in person. My first year out there, my jaw was on the ground. This is what we have lost from light pollution. Here's to hoping all of you can make it to dark skies to experience this for yourself!

This video is absolutely spectacular !!!! I've been interested in the sky, got degrees in physics, built telescopes, took pictures of comets but I have NEVER seen the milky way like in this video in my 60+ years. It almost brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

By benny lao (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink