One explanation on the internet was: “There’s this place in Ireland where every two years, the stars line up with this trail on June 10th to June 18th. It’s called Heaven’s Trail.” Many thought that the view in the picture was impossible. They assumed that the photographer had taken two completely unrelated shots and merged them together.
Heaven’s Trail was shared extensively on blogs, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. One blogger wrote, “I feel pretty comfortable calling utter bullshit on this.” The photograph itself is pretty spectacular. I can understand why people would be curious to know its origins. The stairs in the picture lead up to pretty much nowhere. At the horizon there’s a surreal, heavenly light illuminating a man who appears to be running into the stars.
A whole year’s worth of speculation was finally put to rest when the original photographer, Thomas Zimmer, posted on his blog, explaining how and where he clicked the photograph.“Since my initial upload one year ago, this photo has got more than 1.6 million hits,” he wrote on September 8th, 2012. He then revealed the “shocking truth” behind the picture.
It turns out that Heaven’s Trail wasn’t the name he chose for the breathtaking photograph. Instead, he calls it ‘My God, it’s full of Stars’. Zimmer also revealed that the shot was not taken in Ireland, but in Germany – at the west coast of the island of Sylt, North Sea. The whole arrangement of stars was a happy accident, not an event that occurs every two years. Zimmer wrote that he was on the island in November, at sunset. He had taken several great photos until it was dark. There was no moon that night, so he decided to leave the place. The camera batteries were nearly empty, and he was frozen and hungry. So he packed up and started the long walk back to his car.
As Zimmer walked over the dunes in the pitch dark, he took one last look back, and then he witnessed the amazing view. “The Milky Way was right above the stairs,” he wrote. “I almost wanted to give up, but then I made a last effort, and tried a final shot.” The first shot he took looked good, but he felt something was missing. “I tried to light up the stairs with the flashlight,” he said. “Looked better, but not what I wanted. It needed a human being in the image.”
Since no one else was around, Zimmer set up the self-timer and ran up the stairs with the flashlight on. “I did not notice that the shutter opened while I was running with the flashlight on. So the photo had the last stairs illuminated.” He realized his mistake when he returned to his hotel room, but then it looked good, so he let it be.
Zimmer also silenced all those people who thought the photograph wasn’t real. “There is no special Photoshop magic in it,” he explained. “It’s a photo, nothing else. Maybe a good one.” Perhaps all the confusion could have been avoided if Zimmer had explained everything when he first put up the picture? ..."
Space is the boundless, three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction. Physical space is often conceived in three linear dimensions, although modern physicists usually consider it, withtime, to be part of a boundless four-dimensional continuum known as spacetime. In mathematics one examines "spaces" with different numbers of dimensions and with different underlying structures. The concept of space is considered to be of fundamental importance to an understanding of the physical universe although disagreement continues between philosophers over whether it is itself an entity, a relationship between entities, or part of a conceptual framework.
Debates concerning the nature, essence and the mode of existence of space date back to antiquity; namely, to treatises like the Timaeus of Plato, or Socrates in his reflections on what the Greeks called khora (i.e. "space"), or in thePhysics of Aristotle (Book IV, Delta) in the definition of topos (i.e. place), or even in the later "geometrical conception of place" as "space qua extension" in the Discourse on Place (Qawl fi al-Makan) of the 11th century Arab polymathAlhazen. Many of these classical philosophical questions were discussed in the Renaissance and then reformulated in the 17th century, particularly during the early development of classical mechanics. In Isaac Newton's view, space was absolute - in the sense that it existed permanently and independently of whether there were any matter in the space. Other natural philosophers, notably Gottfried Leibniz, thought instead that space was a collection of relations between objects, given by their distance and direction from one another. In the 18th century, the philosopher and theologian George Berkeley attempted to refute the "visibility of spatial depth" in his Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision. Later, themetaphysician Immanuel Kant said neither space nor time can be empirically perceived, they are elements of a systematic framework that humans use to structure all experiences. Kant referred to "space" in his Critique of Pure Reason as being: a subjective "pure a priori form of intuition", hence it is an unavoidable contribution of our human faculties.
In the 19th and 20th centuries mathematicians began to examine non-Euclidean geometries, in which space can be said to be curved, rather than flat. According to Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, space around gravitational fieldsdeviates from Euclidean space. Experimental tests of general relativity have confirmed that non-Euclidean space provides a better model for the shape of space.