The Road to Milky Way

Living close to Chicago has its perks, but star-gazing is definitely not one of them. With so much of ambient light pollution, it is difficult to see any stars. Tools of trade – Dark Sky Finder – came to the rescue, in locating some decent dark skies @ Green River State Wildlife Area. The 2 hour drive made me realize how much impact light pollution has on the night skies. Anyways, couple nights back – everything fell in place – new moon, weekend, forecast for clear skies and not so cold nights – all came together. Clear Sky Chart is one other site that is quiet handy to plan trips like these …

Out at this location, the side roads, provide for some interesting composition – without being bothered by light trails of the vehicles. There are not many crazy folks who drive around at that hour ;-) It was an happy accident to have captured a meteor on this particular night. This probably was from Eta Meteor shower that peaked couple of days back.

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 12 mm : f4 : 30 sec

Buy Print   Eta Meteor (05.11.2013) @ Green River State Wildlife Area
Harmon, Illinois, USA

9 Comments to “The Road to Milky Way”

  1. Great shot =) Thanks for sharing

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  2. Great shot. I like the way the man made lights from the town are coloured and the many many stars are all white and beautiful.

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  3. What an absolutely breathtaking shot. to think such beauty is all around us !

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  4. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to create a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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  5. So beautiful, an amazing shot.

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