A Magic Moment: The Milky Way from Yellowstone National Park (Photo)

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A Magic Moment: The Milky Way from Yellowstone National Park (Photo)

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Before twilight and shortly after the moon set in Yellowstone National Park, astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans found the perfect moment to capture this stunning image.

Evans took the image from near the edge of the Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone on June 27 and recently shared it withSpace.com. (You can see more of Evans’ amazing night sky photos here.)

“I had less then an hour to complete the shots I wanted from this location after the moon set and before twilight started to brighten the scene,” Evans wrote in an email to Space.com. [See More Stunning Photos of the Milky Way]

Made up of dust, gas and roughly 400 billion stars, the Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy  stretching between 100,000 to 120,000 light-years in diameter. It is visible as a dazzling band of light in the night sky.

The steam from the spring can be seen center right in the frame. The lines in the foreground created by the silica and the colors created by the microbial mats that grow around the edge of the spring.

“All the sights in the park are amazing some maybe even more so at night!” Evans added.

 

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