I have always had a passing interest in astronomy but it was not to little more than 4 years ago that I was truly bitten by the astronomy bug. Astrophotography now plays a major role in my life so much so I spend my days monitoring weather and spaceweather websites. By night I tour the county of Donegal in the northwest of Ireland, where I was born and raised, seeking out the idyllic foregrounds to complement the regions famously dark skies.
Upon arrival at 20:30 I was star struck when I stepped out of the car! The bright and brilliant stars of the Milky Way blazed overhead, a faint Aurora display was in progress to the north and the elusive Zodiacal Light shone intensely extending skyward form the western horizon. I look a few minutes to take in all and then I sprang into action with my camera and tripod. Although the air was moist the skies stayed clear for the next two and half hours. I enjoyed a peaceful yet invigorating night soaking in the celestial light and listening to the sounds of the ocean under an inky black sky.
In the Image: In the above image I capture three delights of a dark sky. Zodiacal Light, sunlight scattered interplanetary dust, can be seen extending up from the western horizon. It is seen as a faint triangular cone of light and is very faint so the presence of the Moon or light pollution would have rendered it invisible. The dense star clouds of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, extend through the centre of the image while the Aurora Borealis dances low on the Northern horizon in the right of the image.
Lokofoto - 12" x 6.5"
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