Byzantine Star Trails

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis


Region: Europe

Site: Euboea - Greece

Date: 2014 Aug 19


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As seen on the National Geographic News, this long-exposure image captures more than three hours of the night sky, creating a circular pattern of stars as Earth rotates about the North Pole. From the photographer: "One of the many castles and watchtowers characterize Greece's second largest island, Euboea (Euvoia), are the Twin Towers at Mytikas, from the Byzantine period." Click on the constellation icon above the image to see much closer telescopic image of star trails (in a 5-hour sequence) around the north celestial pole, where the North Star, Polaris, located about a degree from the pole, highlights the view. See the rotating sky above the other tower. Anthony Ayiomamitis,

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