60 minutes of Night Sky

A full 3600 second exposure of the night sky. The rotation of the earth makes the stars move slowly across the sky. Each one of these arcs is 15º.


Unfortunately, Leaving the shutter open so long causes a lot of noise. If anyone knows how to avoid this, please let me know.


There was a bit of cloud coming in from the West, which caused the orangey glow and some of the stars to be occluded in the bottom right of the picture.


The smudges in the upper part of the picture are the 2 Magellanic clouds


The bright star on the left is Canopus (I think).

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Taken on November 21, 2009