In Spring evenings the Milky Way forms a ring around the horizon, as seen from Australia. At midnight on Halloween look up (or is it down?) and you have a clear view to the universe. Out there countless galaxies hurtle away from you in the expanding universe and far away is the cosmic background radiation – the residual glow of the Big Bang.
Paranal observatory and the Milky Way on the horizon. ESO/G. Brammer.