Milky Way center over Pondicherry, India

Photographer Karthik Easvur reminds us that our galaxy’s center is 25,000 light-years away. So light from the galactic center that reached the sensor of his camera started its journey 25,000 years ago.

This photo is aimed toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, captured on May 18, 2018, by Karthik Easvur in Pondicherry, India. The bright object on the far left is Mars, still brightening, due to get brighter in 2018 than it has been since 2003.

Karthik Easvur submitted this image to EarthSky, saying:

The Milky Way galactic center that you see in this picture is the galactic center of 25,000 years ago … So, basically, it’s a 25,000-year-old picture … But actually, the picture was clicked a few days back… :)

Isn’t this amazing???

Thank you, Karthik, and yes, it is amazing!

Deborah Byrd