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Dr. Christian Sasse has a PhD in optics and electrical engineering, loves astronomy and took pretty much the coolest photo we’ve ever seen. The Surrey, B.C. photographer traveled to southern Australia last month to see the Milky Way in one of the places it is clearest on earth.

“You see this incredible, three-dimensional Milky Way with light, with its dust clouds really sticking out and I wanted to capture that,” Sasse told CTV.

He took over 1,200 pictures during the course of a night, one every 30 seconds, to capture the spectacular beauty of the open sky. After returning to Canada, Sasse created a composite of photos taken 50 minutes apart throughout the night to create the breathtaking image below.


He then shared the photo on Twitter where it was picked up by British scientist, Brian Cox and his 2.5 million-person following. From there, the photo went viral, with good reason, we’d say.

The image has now been featured in National Geographic where Sasse calls it, “The Awesome March of the Milky Way Across the Sky.”


“I thought it was a nice image. I liked it but I did not expect this reaction at all,” Sasse said. It’s a little more amazing than just a “nice image,” but it seems like Sasse is more enraptured by the sky he took the photo of than the photo itself.