Close encounter with the Milky Way: Incredible image of natural phenomenon in skies above Devil’s Tower recalls sci-fi classic

A beautiful cluster of stars and multi-coloured light gather in the skies above Devil’s Tower.

In what could be a scene from the 1977 movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, this incredible image captures not a UFO hovering above the Wyoming landmark, but the Milky Way.

Amateur photographer Eric Hines, 20, took this picture of the galaxy’s band of light on Monday.



The crystal-clear result shows the Milky Way’s galactic plane, which is made up of billions of stars and planets.


Mr Hines, who has only been taking photographs for 18 months, was so desperate to capture a clear photo of the natural phenomenon that he travelled 1,400 miles west from his home in Indiana to be at Devil’s Tower in Niobrara County, Wyoming.


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