Amateur astronomer creates a spectacular panorama of the Milky Way by painstakingly stitching together 110 images

An enthusiastic astronomer painstakingly stitched together a series of shots taken on one night from a remote hill in Russia to make this incredibly detailed panorama of the Milky Way.

Samir Samirovich, from the city of Syzran in south-western Russia’s Samara Oblast region, used his Nikon D5200 camera with a Nikkon 50mm lens to capture the images.

He travelled into the remote Chekalino area, where there is much less light pollution, to take the breathtaking photographs.

The exposure for each of the 110 photographs was six seconds and the shooting took almost the whole night.

Mr Samirovich then spent more than seven hours knitting the photographs together to create the combined photograph which he shared on social media.

The Milky Way gets its name from its appearance from Earth. It is thought to be 120,000 light years across and contains more than 200 billion stars. Like more than two-thirds of the known galaxies, the Milky Way has a spiral shape.

At the centre of the spiral, a lot of energy and, occasionally, vivid flares are created.

Astronomers believe the Milky Way wasn’t always a stunning barred spiral. It formed into its current size by ‘eating’ other galaxies.