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Far and Away Photographic Arts Photo Gallery :: Africa :: Namibia_Star_Circles_Namib_Naukluft
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Star Circles, 8-hour exposure, Tjeriktik Camp, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Star Circles, 8-hour exposure, Tjeriktik Camp, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Description : This wide-angle time-lapse photo was exposed over 8 hours, from 8 pm to 4 am. At the center of the circles is the South Celestial Pole which, unlike the North Celestial Pole, has no bright star marking itsí location. The bright star rising on the left is Canopus, the brightest star in the constellation of Carina, and it is the 2nd brightest star in Earthís night sky, after Sirius. The bright star setting on the extreme right is Alpha Centauri, the 4th brightest star and is a star very similar to our own Sun in size and brightness. It lies only 4.37 light-years away. The lighter areas on the left bottom area of the sky are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which are nearby irregular dwarf galaxies that look like detached pieces of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The A-frame shelters and hills in the foreground are illuminated by the waning crescent moon, which rose at 2:20 am and lit the foreground for the last hour or so of the exposure.

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