Photographer Captures 'Impossible' View of Milky Way from Light-Polluted Singapore (Video, Photo)

Milky Way and Venus Over Singapore by Justin Ng
The band of our Milky Way galaxy can be seen along with planet Venus over light-polluted skies above Singapore in this image taken by astrophotographer Justin Ng on Feb. 28, 2014. (Image credit: Justin Ng | )

An avid night sky photographer proves the naysayers wrong with this "impossible" single-exposure image and video of the Milky Way and bright planet Venus rising over the light-polluted skies of Singapore.

"My dream to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy in Singapore has finally come true this morning after the monsoon season is over," night sky photographer Justin Ng told in an email. He captured this single-exposure shot on Feb. 28, 2014 at 6:11 a.m. local time. "Singapore is known for its heavy light pollution and many people believe that it's impossible to shoot stars and Milky Way in Singapore."

Ng made a video of the Milky Way and Venus over Singapore as proof of the feat. 

Dense light pollution is apparent in the photo near the horizon, just below the Milky Way. Glowing planet Venus is visible toward the center of the shot, above the lone tree. [See more of Justin Ng's amazing night sky photography here]

"This image aims to prove the popular belief wrong and I hope to inspire more astrophotographers residing in heavily light polluted cities to try to capture these 'impossible' images," Ng said.

You can also see Ng's video of the Milky Way from Singapore on Vimeo here:

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.