Image of the Day: The Milky Way In a New Light
For people who photograph the night sky, star trails have become kind of a cliché: you point a camera upward, open the shutter for an hour or more, and you’ve got a snazzy image. But this image, taken from the Australian Outback, is no cliché: the region’s especially dark skies, along with an unimpeded view of the horizon, let the photographer capture the glory of the stars as few have done. Because the camera was pointed at the South Celestial Pole, directly over the Earth’s South Pole, you can see what amounts to a mirror image of Earth’s rotation on its axis.
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