Photo of the day – “The Milky Way” above Moor Lough, County Tyrone

Moor Lough Milky Way.

Photo by MNM Photography, Taken on September 26, 2014

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, which contains 100–400 billion stars. It may contain at least as many planets as well. As we all worry about if Stormont will collapse, who can march where etc etc it does no harm to remember that we are one of 7 billion people on a little planet in the infinite universe. Is there intelligent life on other planets? God knows. There is not much of it round here that’s for sure.

  • Mister_Joe

    Great photo. I live in the countryside so I see the Milky Way any time there is a clear sky at night.

  • Michael Henry

    Good view- ” as we worry about if Stormont will collapse, who will march where etc ”
    Etc- yes no one should worry if a RAF plane is shot down in Iraq or another reporter is beheaded whilst you look at the Stars for ET-

  • babyface finlayson

    For goodness sake, do you spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week worrying about the evil Brits or do you sometimes stop and smell the roses?
    The Milky Way was created when the Goddess Hera woke to find the infant Hercules suckling at her breast. When she pushed him away the drops of milk formed the galaxy. A bit like the UK waking up to find our dreary province suckling at her breast. And when she pushes us away let us up something beautiful will be created and the price will not be astronomical.
    Nice picture Brian.

  • carl marks

    water and the stars, fantastic. nights like the one in the pic is one of the great pleasures of wild camping, getting away from streetlights (even the little village has enough light pollution to take the edge of the night sky’s glory) and noise and enjoying a view like this while sipping a hot chocolate with a shot of Jaminsons in it

  • Brian O’Neill

    We ask permission from all the photographers before hand if we can feature they work. We never ‘rip off’ anyone’s work. I agree the watermark is too big but it’s how the photographer wants it so we have to respect their wishes.