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Cygnus setting behind Long Meg

Long Meg and her Daughters - a ring of standing stones near Penrith, Cumbria, about 5,000 years old. This image is a composite but it is plausible: Cygnus and the Milky Way running down through it would set today behind the stones in about this position and orientation. 5,000 years ago that would not have been possible because of the precession of the Earth's axis.


I have previously been rather scathing about this kind of thing. It's not astronomy.

However, my aim is to get photographers interested in the night sky, to be amazed by what can be done with today's cameras. So this photo is meant to encourage them.

It is a composite made by combining a daylight photo with a feasible astronomical background. The background has been made with nothing more than a camera on a simple fixed tripod, but processed by free stacking software (see

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Taken on August 25, 2013