Although its economy has hit the wall, Greece still has magnificent views (from the Temple of Poseidon)

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[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Alexandros Maragos

The Milky Way over the Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio, Greece.Although it may look like a lighthouse, the rays of light near the horizon actually emanate from the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece. …

Although meant to be a monument to the sea, in this image, the temple’s lights seem to be pointing out locations on the sky. …The wide ray toward the right fortuitously points toward the Lagoon Nebula in the central band of our Milky Way, which runs diagonally down the image from the upper left.

Also, the nearly vertical beam seems to point toward the star clouds near the direction of the Wild Duck open cluster of stars.

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