Flickr photo of the day: Starry, starry night


(Photo: John White / Flickr)

This is the Milky Way as seen from Sleaford Bay, South Australia. The late American astronomer Carl Sagan once said there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches in the world. It is impossible to prove that statement, however; there are a finite number of beaches on Earth and the universe is infinite: Universe wins. Images from the Hubble Deep Field Telescope illustrate his point.

The milky clouds in the Milky Way are actually, as Dr. Sagan would say, “billions and billions of stars.” The Milky Way is our galaxy and the little speck called Earth sits some 25,000 light-years from its center. Humbling stuff if you think about it.

Photographed by John White, the lights on the horizon are Donnington Lighthouse and the distant city of Port Lincoln. Surf illuminated by his electric torch/flashlight.

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