Milky Way galaxy

Photograph by Dan Stodola.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

Milky Way rising, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota. Mr. Stodola writes, “For this picture it’s the darkness of the night sky, essential to taking a picture like this, that I’m calling endangered. There appears to be no location in my entire state with night skies as dark as I was able to get in the BWCA, and even at that I could still see some light pollution on the horizon. The nearest location with similarly dark skies may be about 250 miles away from where I live.”