The Milky Way, an Island and 'The Little Prince': A Photographer's Tale

Isla de los Pajaros and Milky Way by Montufar
The image was taken by astrophotgrapher Sergio Montúfar on October 16th 2015 from Península Valdés, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, in Argentinian Patagonia. (Image credit: Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer )

An inspiring story prompted this stunning image of the Milky Way over an island in Argentinian Patagonia.

The image was taken by astrophotgrapher Sergio Montúfar on Oct. 16 from Península Valdés, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, in Argentinian Patagonia. The island in the image is called "Isla de los Pajaros," and it's unique shape inspired a well-loved story.

"Its a popular legend that the shape of the island inspired Antonie [de Saint-Exupéry] to draw the hat or 'boa swallowing an elephant' in his 'The Little Prince' story book." Montúfar wrote in an email to

Our host galaxy, the Milky Way, is a barred spiral galaxy seen as a band of light in the night sky. It stretches between 100, 000 and 120,000 light-years in diameter. It is estimated that the galaxy has approximately 400 billion stars. At the center of our galaxy lies a gigantic black hole billions of times the size of the sun. [See more stunning photos of the Milky Way]

"'The Little Prince' is an amazing inspiring story that touched a lot of hearts including mine," Montúfar said. "The Milky Way was right above the crescent moon, and the amazing airglow, just perfect."

Montúfar used a Sony a7 and a 24mm Carl Zeiss lens.The image is panorama of 8 vertical images for the sky (f1.8 / 13s / iso 8000 / 24mm) and the ground is 6 horizontal images (f1.8 /30s / iso 8000 / 24mm).

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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.