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The Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County, California.

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Snowy self portrait beneath the great Milky Way. Kneeland, Humboldt County, California.

A moonlit oak tree watches the passage of the stars on their nightly journey across the sky near the Kneeland Airport in the hills east of Eureka in Humboldt County, California. I parked on a turnout and photographed the tree from the shoulder of the road. The animation shows a little star motion as it alternates between longer exposure and a shorter exposure photographs moments apart. The stars near the bottom of the image are in the south, arcing across the sky as they travel around the southern axis below the horizon. The stars at the top of the photograph are traveling in a wide circle around the northern axis, which is out of view above and to the left. The area between the southern arcs and the northern arcs is the celestial equator. Because we are north of Earth’s equator, the celestial equator is in the southern half of the sky; were we on the equator, it would extend from east to west directly overhead. March 2019.
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