Early this morning i stayed up past 3:00am to try to capture some of the orionid meteor shower. the good news is that i did see seven meteors. the bad news is the none of them were in frame. so i switched gears and just did some night photography. the weather was perfect, the night was peaceful, and the skies were full of stars and planets - a feast for the soul!
The milky way is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars. there are probably at least 100 billion planets in the milky way.
to ancient chinese fancy, the milky way was a luminous river, - the river of heaven, - the silver stream.