The Milky Way over the Temple of Poseidon: NASA Features Picture of Greek Photographer



The Milky Way over the Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio, Greece.
The Milky Way over the Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio, Greece. Image Credit & Copyright: Alexandros Maragos

Although it may look like a lighthouse, the rays of light near the horizon actually emanate from the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece. Some temple lights are even reflected in the Aegean Sea in the foreground.

In spite of the fact that it was meant to be a monument to the sea, in this image, the temple’s lights seem to be pointing out locations on the sky. For example, the wide ray toward the right fortuitously points toward the Lagoon Nebula in the central band of our Milky Way, which runs diagonally down the image from the upper left. Also, the nearly vertical beam seems to point toward the star clouds near the direction of the Wild Duck open cluster of stars.

The featured image was taken less than three weeks ago by Greek photographer Alex Maragkos and was picked by NASA as the picture of the day on June 8th, 2015.

Milky Way annotation by Judy Schmidt
Milky Way annotation by Judy Schmidt