We thought we had discovered two dusty seashells in the midst of the sky. Around them, tiny lights sparkling like cristals in the sand. Estimating their distance to be 12 million light-years away, we prepared our engine for a long road at the speed of light.
Half-way, we spot a bizarre object: an intriguing cone. A Brownish red, as though wrapped in crispy dried leaves. It seems to be burning from one end. It was not a seashell after all… We could smell its warm flavors.
Object: M81 Bode’s Galaxy (left) M82 Cigar Galaxy (right)
Stacked images: 230x10s
Total exposure time: 38 minutes
Location: Montpellier, France