Milky Way over the island of Kea

The Milky Way is a galaxy with a diameter between 100,000 and 180,000 light-years which contains 100 to 400 billion (yes, billion!) stars.

If you are in an area which is dark enough and the weather is clear, if you look towards the south you can see the milky way especially during the nights before, during or just after a new moon, when the moonlight is not strong. 

I consider myself lucky: the skies above the Kea island, where I spent my summer holidays, were dark and clear enough to make the milky way clearly visible even to the naked eye. 

So I couldn’t help myself. I am posting below the result of some nights’ work. Enjoy!