The milky way and the stunning great galaxy of andromeda
38000 feet over north western Italy
Feb 7th, 2010
This sketch was made at an altitude of 38000 feet over the north western Italian coastline enroute to Paris in an Airbus 319 cruising at 455 kts groundspeed.
The views from the cockpit at night can be truly amazing, the reason being that 70% of the atmospheres mass is below us! Giving a crystal clear view of the sky almost right down to the horizon. What stuns me every winter, is the size of the blob of the andromeda galaxy almost as big as the moon!
This sketch was made digitally with photoshop
Enjoy this nightly cruise with me as the atmosphere rushes by…
Patrick Van Beeck