Polaris and Star Trails

Polaris and Star Trails

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Credit: John Chumack/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Star trails around Polaris, or the North Star, seen from Dexter, Iowa. Because Polaris lies nearly in a direct line with the axis of Earth's rotation, it stands almost motionless in the sky. Photographed with a Canon Rebel Xsi, ISO 800, 8mm lens @ F4. 30 minute exposure.

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Keywords: amateur astronomy, astronomy, circumpolar, circumpolar rotation, earth'ss rotation, long exposure, night, night sky, north star, polaris, pole star, rotate, rotation, science, space, star, star trail, star trails, stargazing, starry

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