The Milky Way and its core region as they rose over the Tasman Sea near Kiama, Australia on May 7th of 2018. The distinctive orange-purple colour of the background sky is caused by what is known as atmospheric airglow, which has also provided enough light to show the rocks below the water in the foreground.
The bright white ball in the top left corner is the planet Jupiter, which only looks big in the photo because moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere had diffused its light. The bright orange “star” that can be seen hovering over the horizon at the bottom is the planet Mars, and you can see its reflection in the ocean pool below it. Another planet, Saturn, is about a quarter of the way between Mars and Jupiter, but harder to make out in the photo. Saturn’s reflection is easier to see than the planet itself, poking above the rock down at the bottom of the image. The tide rose substantially between arriving at this location and finishing shooting my photos, so I made the 110km drive home with one wet shoe and some partly-wet jeans after scrambling back to the main beach.
The single photo that you see was created from seven overlapping shots, each of which was taken with a Canon EOS 6D camera, fitted with a Rokinon 24mm wide-angle lens set to an aperture of f/2.4, exposed for 15 seconds @ ISO 6400. The camera was mounted on a Nodal Ninja 3 panoramic head atop a Manfrotto tripod.