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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Apr 23, 2014

An ancient sea god under the Milky Way

A mythical Celtic god of the sea and the edgewise view into our own Milky Way galaxy, as captured by Glenn Miles Photography in Northern Ireland.

This is Manann Mclir, the mythical Celtic god of the sea overlooking Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland.  The Milky Way galaxy is rising above the statue's arms in all its glory.  Glenn Miles Photography posted this one at EarthSky Facebook, in celebration of International Dark Sky Week, April 20-26, 2014.  Visit Glenn Miles Photography.

View on Facebook. | A statue of Manann Mclir, the mythical Celtic god of the sea overlooks Lough Foyle, an estuary of the River Foyle in Ulster in Northern Ireland. The Milky Way galaxy is rising above the statue’s arms. According to legend in Northern Ireland, Manann Mclir is the Irish equivalent of the Roman sea god Neptune (or Greek Poseidon). It’s said his spirit is released in fierce storms. Glenn Miles Photography posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook, in celebration of International Dark Sky Week, April 20-26, 2014. Visit Glenn Miles Photography.

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