16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Earth, Humankind, and the Heavens

This shot depicts the Milky Way galactic core rising over Cabezon Peak, an austere volcanic formation in northern New Mexico. The distant lights of Albuquerque and Santa Fe illuminate clouds in the background, adding to the ominous tone of the image.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: San Ysidro, New Mexico, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Paul Schmit