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Mt Buffalo National Park, Australia

Star trail image from a failed aurora chase a few night ago. Almost full moon- bad for faint aurora, good for lighting up the landscape.
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Marcelinevampireteen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
h-how I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT AURORAS LIKE THIS EXISTED! *minds explodes from to much beauty*
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D But this isn't aurora. It was taken whilst I was hoping for an aurora display.
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I've always really, really wondered how people get these shots that look like the sky is spinning crazily while the earth is standing still. This is truly incredible, but I'm really trying to figure out HOW.
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D Well it looks like the sky is spinning crazily and the earth is still, BUT it is actually the other way around. The earth is spinning through space at about 1600 kilometers an hour (at the equator) and the stars are (relatively) still. So any camera (or person) that is on the earth is spinning with the earth at the same rate, so that is why the stars appear to move through the sky and why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The rotation or circular effect is due to where the stars are in relation to the earths poles. The best way I can describe it is: stand up straight and imaging that your feet is the south pole and your head the north pole. Look at a spot close to your feet and turn around once. What happens to that spot? It describes a small circle around your feet. Now look at a spot a bit further away from your feet (say a meter or two), and turn again. What happens? It describes a bigger circle. Now look straight ahead at the horizon, and turn again. What happens? The spot describes a straight line around your head. You are seeing the same effect captured on camera here. Stars close to the celestial pole (which is just an extension of the earths poles out into space) make small circles and those further away make bigger circles, and those on the equator (right of the image) form straight lines.
Hope that makes sense and that it helps.
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it made sense. :) So you pretty much set your camera to record all night to capture the movement?
crh Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a masterpiece of perfect lighting and dynamics!
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Looks great to me mate :thumbsup: I think you made a good batch of lemonade out of the lemons :D
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D Glad you like it.
NWunseen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
mesmerizing! sorry for the lack of auroras..but glad you came back with a spectacular shot! love the illuminated land :)
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