Magic Trails

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: 2011 August 30

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day and National Geographic News colorful star trails arc across the night in this surreal timelapse skyscape from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the Canary island of La Palma. The moving stars are also reflected from one of a pair of 17 meter diameter, multi-mirrored MAGIC telescopes. The MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov) telescope is intended to observe gamma rays indirectly by detecting brief flashes of optical light, called Cherenkov light. See an interesting time-lapse video made from the same sequence of photos. Babak Tafreshi/

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