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Spot The Trails by CapturingTheNight Spot The Trails by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may NOT use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

I love how that even in trail form some objects in space are fairly easy to identify with just a little knowledge of the night sky.
So here is a challenge. See if you can identify all the objects on the following list in this image. Most are very easy but others might take a little longer to identify.

1. The Moon (and no, not the one in my logo)
2. Venus
3. A Plane
4. A Satellite Flare
5. A Meteor
6. Sirius
7. Orions Belt
8. Betelgeuse
9. Orions Sword
10. The Pleiades (Seven Sisters)

Some things that might help you:
- This is a seven hour star trail so some objects have had time to travel through the frame completely while others finish in the frame.
- I live in Australia so if you are in the northern hemisphere things might appear upside down and back to front to how you normally view the sky.
- This is looking East.

How many can you spot???

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1. The Moon should be very obvious as the biggest and brightest trail.
2. Venus is the next brightest trail just to the right of the moon
3. The Plane is running across the center bottom of frame.
4. The Satellite Flare is at the top of the frame running across the trails
5. The meteor is at the bottom right of frame. There is also a very small one right at the top of frame to the left of the Satellite
6. Sirius (The brightest star in the sky) is the bright trail starting just to the left of the meteor
7 and 9. If you look jest down and to the left of the Satellite you should spot a cluster of stars whose trails end along the same line. This is Orion's Sword (home to the Great Orion Nebula). Just below and slightly to the left of the Sword is Orion's Belt which is the three stars of a similar brightness that end in a line.
8. If you draw a line from Orion's Sword to the end of Venuses trail that line should cross the end of a bright, reddish trail. That is Betelgeuse.
10. The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) was certainly the hardest one and is the wide, diffuse, blue trail just below the trail of The Moon.
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bhalstead Sep 12, 2012   Photographer
A fabulous image and enjoyable puzzle! I didn't know (and still don't) how to distinguish the look of a meteor from the satellite flare -- I guess maybe the meteor trail ends a bit more suddenly and asymmetrically at the bottom, but the difference is pretty subtle. I missed Orion's sword -- expected it to be closer to the belt than it was. And yes, the Pleiades was too hard for me, without consulting a star atlas. Great work, again!!
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CapturingTheNight Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh and Thank you :D
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CapturingTheNight Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you liked the challenge and the image. Satellite flares and meteors can be very hard to distinguish sometimes. The advantage I have with this image is that I have all the individual frames to look at. A meteor will be in one frame and not the next, but for a satellite flare you can generally see the satellite moving through multiple frames either side of where it flares.
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dev-shooter Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Greg, I'm completely shocked. This is amazing and especially when you got accustomed to one pole star trail. Here is two poles star trail. I could only write in superlatives. VERY WOW xD
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CapturingTheNight Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very glad you like it :D Thank you.
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badnan Sep 5, 2012   Photographer
wow!!!
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CapturingTheNight Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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LOL, I didn't even attempt. It hurt my head too much. ;P Amazing shot. :-)
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CapturingTheNight Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: :D Thanks.
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Zeroth57 Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A great shot and tutorial. I spotted about half of the questions, but missed few being from the northern end of the planet (Canada). Thanks again.
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