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Big Bend Under the Milky Way 1

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is amazing. One aspect that I love is that this remote location is known as having the darkest skies in the United States. So this past week on a very clear morning, I crawled out of bed about 2am and drove to the Mule Ears Overlook. After hiking up on a nearby ridge, I photographed the Milky Way using a star tracker for the next several hours as is drifted across the southeastern sky and Mexico. Eventually, the dark gave way to sunrise. This image is a composite of 2 photographs. The first is a 4 minute exposure of the Milky Way. The second is a long exposure of the foreground to show a little definition of the Texas landscape and rugged Big Bend wilderness. Photo © copyright by Rob Greebon.