Twelve years and 1,250 hours of exposure time spend Finnish photographer J-P Metsavainio to create this detailed project of the Milky Way.
J-P Metsavainio started this amazing project back in 2009.
Above: The 125-degree stretch from Taurus to Cygnus. Credit J-P Metsavainio
Top image: The full composite image in mapped colors from the light emitted by ionized elements. Hydrogen = green, sulfur = red, and oxygen = blue. Credit J-P Metsavainio
The photographer said:
“As a visual artist, the composition of the image means a lot. During the years, I have shot hundreds of individual targets from the Milky Way. Each image taken is an independent artwork. At the same time, I always kept in my mind the needs of the final large composition.”
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