British photographer's amazing image shows the Milky Way in all its starry glory

A photographer has captured incredible views of the Milky Way after braving the elements on a freezing cold night in Shropshire.

Photographer Andrew Fusek-Peters camped out for three nights before he was able to take advantage of the perfectly clear skies last Wednesday.

He took the pictures on Titterstone Clee Hill, near his home in Lydbury North.

By laying over 100 pictures on top of one another, he was able to track the movement of the sky around Polaris, which is more commonly called the North Star.

Andrew, 54, said: ‘It’s about 100 photos over an hour and a half, taken late at night.

‘I did it to try and capture the movement of the stars around the North Star, which is called Polaris.

‘I wanted to line that up with with the radar station because it makes a nice image.

‘That’s one of the main air traffic control radar stations on Titterstone Clee Hill.

‘Basically, those long exposures add up and show the movement of the stars over a period of time. It’s like a time-lapse in one photo.

‘I haven’t made it or manufactured it, that is actually what’s happening. If you were to sit for long enough, that is what you would see.’

The phenomenon occurs because Polaris is located at the north celestial pole, the point around which the entire northern sky ‘turns’.

The radar array in the foreground is part of the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) network and monitors all aircraft within a 100-mile radius.

Andrew said the hardest part in getting the amazing shot was managing the weather at the top of the hill.

He added: ‘It was taken on a very cold night and it was painstaking.

‘So much can go wrong because it’s a very cold area at the top of Titterstone Clee.

‘Your lens can easily mist over, so the conditions are very, very inhospitable up there.

‘You need to have a clear sky so you can get lots of light pollution from Kidderminster and other areas that you can see kind in those orange bits in the picture.’

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