The latest image from Paul Wilson is the most stunning yet. Taken from Castle Hill—a unique locale that gets its name from its rock formations, which resemble stone castles—on New Zealand’s South Island.
Wilson notes that this is the most “intense” panorama he’s ever built, and it must be one of the largest as well—containing around 30 separate frames, with the original spanning approximately 35,000 pixels across.
New Zealand’ South Island is known for its pristine night skies. That much is clear based on the crisp view of the central Milky Way, which is reflected in the water below. The two splotches on the far left aren’t part of our galaxy. Rather, they are the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds: satellite galaxies of the Milky Way.