This might look like a strange work of modern art (or possibly a secret level in Super Mario Galaxy), but everything in this photo of the Greek promontory Sounio is completely real. Not convinced? We'll explain what's going on here.

This photo is a 24-hour mosaic compiling lots of different images taken at both night and day above Cape Sounio, located about 63 miles southwest of Athens, Greece. A NASA astronomer explains:

Images taken at night compose the top half of the picture, with star trails lasting as long as 11 hours visible. Contrastingly, images taken during the day compose the bottom of the image, with the Sun being captured once every 15 minutes. The image center shows a Little Prince wide angle projection centered on the ground but including gravel, grass, trees, Saint John's church, clouds, crepuscular rays, and even a signature icon of the photographer ‚ÄĒ the Temple of Poseidon. Meticulous planning as well as several transition shots and expert digital processing eventually culminated in this image documenting half of the final two days of last year.


If you're still lost in all the detail of this image, here's the annotated version of the photograph, which should give you a much better idea of everything that's going on:

This photograph is the amazing work of Chris Kotsiopoulos, Check out his site Greek Sky for more works like this.


[via NASA]