Originally Posted by mcascio
I had the privilege of meeting Jeff last week when he was over doing his magic.
The results were fantastic. I took two separate photos so both the room and the stars could show up and merged them in Photoshop so you can have a sense for the entire room.
This was shot with no black lights on. I don't think it does it justice yet...so I reserve the right to reshoot the photo again.
Great looking theater room and ceiling, Mario!
From what I can tell, your mural includes what appears to be the Milky Way. As I interpret what I'm seeing in the photo, the path of the Milky Way depicted in your mural seems to be oriented much like the Milky Way in our mural.
What I mean is that the path extends diagonally from the left front corner of the screen area to the back right of the seating area.
As it happens, our theater screen is located on a western wall, with due north
directly to the right of the seating. So, the Milky Way Jeff painted for us conforms closely with the Milky Way as it actually appears in our North Carolina sky, running southwest (left front of screen) to northeast (right rear of seating) and passing through the "lazy left leg" of Cassiopeia (a "W" shaped constellation with the front leg tilted somewhat downward from the other three legs).
My wife and I enjoy star gazing, and it's cool seeing our galaxy "edge on" stretching across the heavens in very much the same trajectory as depicted in Jeff's mural.
However, the mural is actually more
revealing than the sky we can see from our neighborhood. Though we are fairly well situated for dark skies, we are not as far away from "city glow" as Jeff is able to depict in his murals. It takes us considerable driving---further into the countryside---to see the Milky Way anywhere nearly as impressively as Jeff renders it. The mural is so much more defined and detailed than the view that urbanites/suburbanites can get from their home sites (barring a regional power outage...
Not a happy prospect).