These stunning pictures were taken in one of the most spectacular Dark Sky areas in the UK – right here in Northumberland.
The breathtaking images were captured by long-exposure photographer Andrew Whyte.
Released to mark the clocks going back last Sunday, the photographs highlight the beauty that can be found in the night sky above the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park.
These areas combine to make Europe’s largest International Dark Sky Park.
Bob Mizon, from The British Astronomical Association, said: “As British Summer Time ended on Sunday, stargazers and photographers, both dedicated and casual, can now look forward to longer observing sessions outside.
“Town dwellers may see many of the brighter stars, and planets, from back gardens, but, with a little effort, they can visit unpolluted rural sites and take advantage of Dark Sky areas.
“The winter night sky offers many wonders: Orion, the Geminid meteors, the tangled clusters of Perseus. It is nature’s grandest free show, and yours to enjoy.”
Andrew Whyte took the pictures on the Sony 7S, a professional, portable 35mm full frame interchangeable lens camera.
The camera is particularly well suited to low-light conditions as it has unrivalled sensitivity (up to ISO 409600), so the amount of light it can collect is dramatically increased compared to conventional cameras.
Andrew said: “As a long-exposure photographer, I’m always searching for equipment which renders great detail while allowing me the largest range of creative potential.
“I’ve been truly blown away by the image quality I can capture in low light using the Sony α7S – the shots are incredibly low noise, and the camera’s sensitivity opens up so many possibilities for the photographer.”
The Sony α7S is on sale from £2,099 at www.sony.co.uk.