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APOD: 2010 December 24 - Star Trails in the North

Pointing skyward, the wall of this ruined Viking church still stands after a thousand winters, near the town of Vallentuna, Sweden. The time exposure records the scene on December 14th as stars leave graceful arcing trails during a long night, reflecting planet Earth's daily rotation on its axis. The Earth's axis points toward Polaris, the North Star, near the center of the concentric trails. Welcomed by skygazers on this winter's night, a bright meteor from the annual Geminid meteor shower also flashes through the frame. The meteor cuts across the star trails just above the lower church wall. Contributing to the beautiful composition, meteor streak and church apex both gesture toward the North Celestial Pole.
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Pointing skyward
the wall of this ruined Viking church
still stands
after a thousand winters

near the town
of Vallentuna, Sweden.

[guitar solo]

The time exposure records the scene on December 14th
as stars leave graceful arcing trails
during a long night,
reflecting planet Earth's daily rotation
on its axis.

The Earth's axis points toward Polaris
the North Star
near the center of the concentric trails.

Welcomed by skygazers on this winter's night
a bright meteor from the annual Geminid meteor shower
also flashes
through the frame.
The meteor cuts across the star trails
just above the lower church wall

[guitar solo]

Contributing to the beautiful composition
meteor streak and church apex both gesture
toward the North Celestial Pole.
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