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.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.