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heavens in this scene they seem to pivot around a lighthouse beacon. Photographed with a camera fixed to a tripod, the well-planned image, a composite of 30 one minute exposures, records star trails in the northern sky, reflecting the daily rotation of planet Earth. Hidden behind the top of the prominent Nauset Lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, the North Celestial Pole is at the center of all the star trail arcs. Making a complete circle, 360 degrees, in 24 hours, the star trail a

Trails in the Morning Sky Image Credit & Copyright: Stefan Seip (TWAN) Brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter still rise together before dawn. The peaceful waters by a small lakeside house near Stuttgart, Germany reflect their graceful arcing trails in this composited series of exposures, recorded on the morning of July 26. A reflection of planet Earth's rotation on its axis, the concentric trails of these celestial beacons along w trails of stars r punctuated @ their ends by a separate final frame

Timberline Lodge lights on Mt Hood as seen from Trillium Lake.

Star Trails Over Oregon As the Earth spins on its axis, the sky seems to rotate around us. This motion, called diurnal motion, produces the beautiful concentric trails traced by stars during time exposures. Partial-circle star trails are pictured above over Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. Near the middle of the circles is the North Celestial Pole (NCP), easily identified as the point in the sky at the center of all the star trail arcs. The star Polaris, commonly known as the North Star.

This alluring all-skyscape was taken 5,100 meters above sea level, from the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes.

The Most Impressive Star Trail Photographs. Love looking at the stars. And right in the center is the North Star.

Star trails over the Australian Outback by photographer Lincoln Harrison >>> That photo is AMAZING!

We see it all the time, but I can never get over how beautiful the moon is set in a sky of twinkling stars.

The Milky Road (credit & copyright: Larry Landolfi)

View of the 'Milky Way' in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius - we're 2/3 of the way out on the spiral arm & so are seeing into the star density of the Galactic Center.

NGC 6357's Cathedral to Massive Stars -- "How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the above image."