Milky Way Over Balanced Rock

Milky Way Over Balanced RockLight from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is roughly 20,000 light years away. There is no better place to take in that ancient light than from the American Southwest where Earth's ancient rocks create wonderful foregrounds in which to view the Milky Way. This image is a 7 frame stitch from Arches National Park in June 2010. The image is located in the Color Astronomical Gallery at the bottom of the page.

I am not sure what the radiating rays of light may be. They seem to be originating from Balanced Rock. Perhaps a very dim source of light or some atmospheric phenomena.

This image is not available as a fine art print.