The Rotating Sky above Nepal

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Asia

Site: Panauti - Nepal

Date: November 2009


This video demonstrates how the rotation of the Earth causes the rotation of the sky and creation of startrail around the north celestial pole (the north direction of the Earth axis of rotation) as long-exposure photos record. Polaris, or the North Star, is very near to the center of the rotation. The video is made from a sequence of over 150 photos (See the resulted startrail image here). The wooden temple of Indreshwar in Panauti, Nepal, is in the foreground; one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal originally built in 1294, making it the oldest surviving temple in the country. Babak Tafreshi/

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