Astrophotographer’s Dream: Venus and Milky Way Galaxy Over Singapore

by Nancy Atkinson on February 28, 2014

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Rise of Venus and the  Milky Way in Singapore on Feb. 28, 2014. Credit and copyright: Justin Ng.

Rise of Venus and the Milky Way in Singapore on Feb. 28, 2014. Credit and copyright: Justin Ng.

“My dream to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy in Singapore has finally come true this morning after the monsoon season is over,” said noted astrophotographer Justin Ng, who lives in this island country in South East Asia. Justin noted that since Singapore is known for its heavy light pollution, there are many people who believe it’s impossible to capture stars and the arc of the Milky Way under those conditions. Justin has been taking amazing deep sky and night sky photos for quite some time, but he said with this particular image he’s hoping to prove the naysayers wrong.

“Plus, I hope to inspire more astrophotographers residing in heavily light polluted city to try to capture these ‘impossible’ images,” Justin added.

UPDATE: Below is a new timelapse video from Justin Ng.

This is a single exposure shot of planet Venus and Milky Way Galaxy in Singapore. However, the light pollution near the horizon is also visible.

Justin has now created a timelapse of his Milky Way photography from the same night he took this image, and he says a timelapse like this never been attempted by any photographers in Singapore, this is is the first:

Rise of Milky Way and Venus in Singapore from Justin Ng Photo on Vimeo.

You can see more of Justin’s fantastic astrophotography at his website, on G+, Facebook and Twitter.

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Manu February 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

“This is a single exposure shot of planet Venus and Milky Way Galaxy”

but likely not the foreground :(

Jeffrey Boerst March 1, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Actually, astrophotographers don’t tend to ‘doctor’ their images in purely aesthetic ways like superimposing other images onto them. This guy is way serious and this image is pretty much the real deal.

~ “However, the light pollution near the horizon is also visible.”

bazbsg March 1, 2014 at 3:22 AM

The other problem with Singapore is the high humidity which blocks the view of all but the brightest stars most nights.

wreckhur March 3, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Amazing.

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