This image was shot in one of my favourite 'dark sky' locations at Cape Palliser on the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand. It is a panorama made up of 28 individual shots, giving an overall image size of 275 megapixels.

The photo shows the Milky Way high in the sky stretching from east to west. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds can be seen below the arch of the Milky Way. These two objects are irregular dwarf galaxies and are only visible from the southern hemisphere. The light below the Milky Way to the left is the Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and the small glow on the horizon to the right is the Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship en-route for Wellington, New Zealand.

copyright 2014 | Mark Gee | theartofnight.com

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