Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Trails in the Morning Sky
Posted on 07/28/2012 7:09:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter still rise together before dawn. The peaceful waters by a small lakeside house near Stuttgart, Germany reflect their graceful arcing trails in this composited series of exposures, recorded on the morning of July 26. A reflection of planet Earth's rotation on its axis, the concentric trails of these celestial beacons along with trails of stars are punctuated at their ends by a separate final frame in the morning skyview. Easy to pick out, Venus is brightest and near the trees close to the horizon. Jupiter arcs above it, toward the center of the image along with the compact Pleiades star cluster and V-shaped Hyades anchored by bright star Aldebaran. One trail looks wrong, though. Not concentric with the others and so not a reflection of Earth's rotation, the International Space Station streaks off the right side of this scene, glinting in sunlight as it orbits planet Earth.
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Okay, maybe it's the Renaissance-lookin' domed structure, or because the beautiful morning has lifted my mood, or possibly I'm just losin' it as I age, but I actually like this terrestrial scene acting as a quasi-astronomical shot.
It is a beautiful picture, SunkenCiv! I’m happy you are having a good morning!! (for what its worth.. you aren’t losing it!) LOL!
what’s up with the star breaking to the right?
The ISS, or perhaps another satellite?