Astronomer Takes a Photo of the Milky Way Using a Crystal Ball As a Lens

Saturday, 23 June 2018 - 5:08PM
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Saturday, 23 June 2018 - 5:08PM
Astronomer Takes a Photo of the Milky Way Using a Crystal Ball As a Lens
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The image of a toy marble with a colorful streak running through the center of it is a common one. And it's easy to see that streak as resembling an arm of the Milky Way.

However, it's not easy to make a marble that actually has an arm of the Milky Way galaxy running through it, unless you use some serious photographic wizardry. Astronomer Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mateos from the European Southern Observatory used just that photographic wizardry in a new photo he took showing the Milky Way through a crystal ball.

See it below:




Calling it a "cosmic marble", Muñoz-Mateos took the photo at a mountain range in Chile after purchasing the crystal ball at a flea market and getting an interesting idea related to his work. The photo projects our home galaxy reversed and upside-down, with a very mild fisheye effect which just comes along with the crystal ball. 

More specifically, he used a Canon 6D camera with a 24mm wide-angle lens to take the shot, placing the crystal ball on a handrail near the ESO's Paranal Observatory before lining up the impressive view of the Milky Way in the night sky.

It took a few tries and about 30 seconds of exposure time, but it came out worth it. A "cosmic marble" indeed.




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