The Rise of Andromeda
Size: A3+ (13"x19") shipped ready to hang in your choice of a classic glass frame or a hanging magnetic frame. If you have the right size frame of your own, worry not, you can order the print itself at a $15 discount.
The photo: Andromeda (M31) is our closest galactic neighbor. Located merely 2.5 million light years from Earth, it is the most distant celestial body visible at night with a naked eye. As a matter of fact, from our perspective it technically gets brighter with every night. Andromeda is approaching our very own Milky Way galaxy at an astonishing speed of 110 km/s. The collision between the two galaxies is quite certain, but even at this speed it is still predicted to take place only in about 4.5 billion years. This capture of the night sky is filled with detail and its print truly shines and charms the viewer due to the glossy silver finish, and the finest texture of the Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic paper. It puts things into perspective: from the landscape of the lakes and the mountains to the presence of our neighboring stars and galaxies, everything is subject to change. We may not always see or notice this change, and unfortunately, we are quite certainly not going to see what the night sky will look like a few billion years from now, but in galactic terms, our fate of meeting Andromeda is right around the horizon.
Behind the scenes: Night photography is a fairly long process. A lot of time is spent taking test shots and reviewing them to set up the right scene, playing around with camera settings, and every now and then bumping the tripod and having to reset everything up again. Through all of this tedious work, Robin was extremely patient, having tea to stay warm and comfort her from occasionally getting spooked by the tiniest sounds from the surrounding darkness. It is incredible how much tea one can have when thinking about our place in the universe.