The Milky Way


Photograph and text by Linda Rosenbluth
From the October 2017 issue

As a member of the Coastal Camera Club, I joined the Night Sky Special Interest Group, whose focus is on astrophotography. The Milky Way is visible here in the Northeast from April to November, and summer is prime viewing season. It’s best viewed in dark areas that have low ambient (man-made) light, so we had several outings to the Assateague Seashore National Park.

Shooting the Milky Way in the middle of the night at a national park is a special experience. It’s quiet and calm and you feel insulated from the commotion of the modern world. Looking up and seeing the Milky Way galaxy break through the expansive blanket of billions of stars is humbling and awe-inspiring. On a clear, moonless night, you can see it easily with the naked eye. But don’t take my word for it, go see for yourself!


Editor’s note: This image was an honorable mention winner in the scenic category of the 2017 Delaware Beach Life Photography Contest, and was picked as the favorite of the three honorable mention winners in voting on the Delaware Beach Life Facebook page. Click here to view the other winners.