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Star trails over the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
While the Sun describes a semi-circle in the sky, stars near the celestial pole, the area of the sky the Earth's axis of rotation points to, appear to describe a circle around a static point. This sequence accumulates the light of each stars as it moves across the sky. The star Polaris created the brightest semi-circle near the center. This 9 hour sequence is near a third of day and therefore yields star trails that are one-third of a full circle.
Time period: Night
Light source: Moon
Start time: 20:00
Duration: 9 hours
Acceleration: x 2600
Location: Mauna Kea
This sequence was featured on NASA's Astronomical Picture of the Day, April 13, 2009.
Credits A film by Jean-Charles Cuillandre
Halo music by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori
CFHT astronomy images by Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum)
Film digital technology by Sidik Isani
Copyrights Footage and photographs © Jean-Charles Cuillandre
Astronomical Images © CFHT / Edizioni Scientifiche Coelum
Bungie Studios' Halo Soundtrack © Microsoft Corporation
Used under license from Warner Chappell Music
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