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Amateur Photo of the Center of our Galaxy

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I know there is a lot of better pictures out there... however this one is the photo that I took myself, and this is the first picture of Milky Way galaxy that I have ever taken, so... there is a strong sentiment about it.

I took this photo on August 19, 2012, 8 PM, using Olympus XZ-1 pocket camera. Exposure time was 20 secs, aperture 1/1.8, ISO 640. It was a very clear night with cool breeze, very little light pollution, and when I looked up, I saw a glimpse of the Milky Way galaxy across the sky mixed with so many stars! So I took my pocket camera and did a long exposure shot. 

The galaxy planar disk is oriented vertically in this photo, you can see the bright galactic core is partially obscured by the dark bands of interstellar clouds within the galaxy. Remember that you're looking at the clouds between the stars here, not regular clouds in our atmosphere! The lower half of the photo is increasingly brighter due to the light scattered from lamps at people's houses. It's grainy due to the high ISO. I wish I can use better camera and better lens! 

Photo location: rural area several kms outside Madiun, East Java (S 7.56298, E 111.43619). Below is an excerpt from Neil deGrasse Tyson, which fits this photo very well. Mr. Tyson is an astrophysicist that I admire, alongside Carl Sagan. :)



The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth -- the atoms that make up the human body -- are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. 

These stars, the high mass ones among them, went unstable in their later years. They collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy. Guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas cloud that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. 

So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.

There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive...

(Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist)



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