Alexandros Maragos is an Athens based filmmaker and photographer best known for his landscape photography, astrophotography and timelapse imagery. In his own words:
The Milky Way is the name of the spiral galaxy in which our solar system is located. It is our home in space. The Earth orbits the Sun in the Solar System, and the Solar System is embedded within this vast galaxy of stars. In the northern hemisphere, the Milky Way is visible in the southern half of the sky. This makes Greece one of the best places in the world to see and photograph the galaxy because of the country’s geographic location in Southern Europe at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
As a filmmaker and photographer I feel very fortunate to live here. Every time I want to shoot the night sky, all I do is to pick a new spot on the map and just go there and take the shot. Greece is a heaven for astrophotography. Whether you choose a mountain, a beach, a peninsula or any of the 6,000 islands, the Milky Way is always visible in the southern sky.
The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy that holds our solar system. It is our home in space. And the lens of photographer Alexandros Maragos captures spectacular views of this seemingly endless collection of stars above Greece.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Milky Way appears like a strip of white light and is visible in the southern half of the night sky. This makes Greece one of the best places in the world to see and photograph the galaxy, because of the country’s geographic location in southern Europe.
Greece is at the tip of the Balkan Peninsula. It has 6,000 islands and boasts 8,497 miles of coastline, and 80 percent of the country is made up of mountain regions. There are countless locations from which someone can view the Milky Way.
The best month to see and photograph the Milky Way is July, though the light pollution of big cities or a visible moon make observation of the night skies difficult.
Maragos has managed to capture images of the galaxy from various points, and has a collection of the photographs titled “The Milky Way Over Greece.”