For millennia, human beings have been staring up into the night sky in complete awe of our galaxy. The Milky Way consists of an estimated 100-400 billion stars, and may be home to as many as 100 billion planets.
Although Earth is about 28,000 light years from the Milky Way, when the sky is dark enough, conditions are clear, and the scourge of light pollution is miles away, its majesty can be witnessed. It can also be beautifully photographed.
Photographer David Lane knows all about what it’s like to stand beneath countless stars and marvel at their magnificence.
Lane recently spent four months capturing images of the Milky Way over Yellowstone Park. Needless to say, they are absolutely mind blowing. These images show more than the naked eye can see.
How can you not look at his work and instantly feel connected to the entire universe?
The size of our incredible galaxy is mind boggling in itself. According to NASA, the Milky Way is between 100,000-120,000 light-years in diameter. That’s huge.
On his Facebook page, Lane mentions what inspires him to get out there and celebrate the vastness of space.
Get away from the light drive out 20-30 miles out of town and look up on a clear dark night and you may see something that will forever change your life. This is what a galaxy looks like from the inside.
The best time of the year to view the Milky Way is said to be during late summer and early fall.