I've seen many of these spherical panorama photos in the past, but I love this one because it looks like a tiny Little Prince forest planet happily traveling across the Milky Way. Photographer Thomas o'Brien explains how this classic panorama technique is done:

I shot 32 vertical images with the camera mounted to a panoramic tripod head. The shot is a full 360º with full dome coverage as well—images to cover the entire night sky above. When I stitched that together into a traditional panoramic image I used the stitching app Autopano to create a "little planet" from the panorama.

Here are some more of his dreamy shots:


Thomas has been a professional photographer for 20 years, and he's now teaching photography in some awesome locations all over the world at Muench Workshops. You can see his work at this site or 500px, Flickr and Facebook.

This is part of a new series in which we are featuring futuristic, alien-looking or just plain awesome photos of landscapes and cityscapes. If you are a photographer with such work, please drop me a line here.