19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Among the stars

Photo taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 747-400, cruising in the upper atmosphere at 39,000 ft using a 14mm wide angle lens. Keeping the camera in the same position and taking another shot a few hours later while flying in darkness, the long exposure shot showed the faint outline of the Milky Way galaxy and numerous stars. I've blended the images together to give an even stronger 'outer space' feeling to it.

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Date Taken: 06.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Bangor, Maine, United States of America
Copyright: © Christiaan van Heijst