Star Trails

This gorgeous photograph, taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile, shows star trails circling the South Celestial Pole, over a cacti-dominated still landscape.
Star Trails over Atacama Desert Cacti.jpg
By ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org) (http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1419a/) [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThis gorgeous photograph, taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile, shows star trails circling the South Celestial Pole, over a cacti-dominated still landscape. The star trails show the apparent path of the stars in the sky as the Earth slowly rotates, and are captured by taking long-exposure shots. A final deeper exposure was superimposed over the magnificent trails, revealing many more, fainter stars and, just rising above the horizon, the southern Milky Way, with its patches of dark dust and the well-known pinkish glow of the Carina Nebula. Towards the right, the satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, the Large (top-centre) and Small (bottom-right) Magellanic Clouds, can also be seen.
12 May 2014, 10:00:00
Source: http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1419a/

 

Pictured here is a long exposure photograph of the night sky. In this image the stars appear to streak across the sky.
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By http://www.modernartphotograph.com Portland Photographer Robert Knapp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Pictured here is a long exposure photograph of the night sky. In this image the stars appear to streak across the sky. The effect is created as the earth spins along its rotation with the camera fixed to a tripod. Photographing stars present many challenges to the photographer.
2010/08/16, 1:07:42 AM

 

Circling, swirling stars

Intergalactic travelers

How I long to know

The secret message

Hidden within

Your star trail

Dots and dashes —

Paths and patterns

Brilliant then dim

Beaming

Untold wisdom

Of the ages

Across the heavens.

 

As I gaze upon

Your cryptic cosmic code

High in the midnight sky

I feel so

Puzzled and insignificant

You have witnessed

Many wonders —

The drifting rifts

Of shifting worlds

Planets deconstructed

By cosmic calamity

The invisible fluidity

Of dark matter and dark energy —

But I am

Nothing more than

A tiny earthbound stardust

Dash and dot

Disconnected from

The evolving and revolving

Story of the universe.

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