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Big Dipper | by IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")
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Big Dipper

Close-up of the Big Dipper star constellation. In this enlargement (see original photo, below), you can see that the middle star in the "handle" is actually made of two stars (click on image to enlarge even more).

 

Twinkle, twinkle...: Although the seven stars in this constellation were already quite large and distinct in this photo, I've add a cross-screen filter effect to them to produce diffraction spikes (what some people call "twinkling"). This helps them stand out a little more from the other stars in the sky.

 

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Taken on September 30, 2011