Golden Gate, San Francisco, under the stars

This image is from June 1, 2013, looking through Golden Gate towards San Francisco. Meggi Raeder captured it. Thank you, Meggi!

View larger. | Golden Gate, San Francisco, with star trails around Polaris, from Meggi Raeder Photography. Visit Meggi's website here.

View larger. | Golden Gate, San Francisco, with star trails around Polaris, from Meggi Raeder Photography. Visit Meggi’s website here.

Meggi Raeder was looking generally northward when she captured this image. How do we know? Notice the star trails – streaks of light – circling around a point in the sky. That point marks the location of the North Celestial Pole. The star Polaris or the North Star nearly coincides with this point on our sky’s dome.

Photographers capture star trails as Earth spins under the sky. Read more about stars trails here.

Read more about Polaris, the North Star, here

Deborah Byrd

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