This utterly fantastic image was captured by Kerry-Ann Lecky at Weather and features a picturesque scene from Ontario, Canada.

The first object that jumps out at you is Jupiter, seen as the brightest celestial spot on the left hand side of the screen. Just to Jupiter’s right is the band of dust and stars making up the plane of the Milky Way. You can also see the light bubble from some unknown city near the horizon. If you look closely, the Milky Way can also be seen reflected back from the placid lake.

While we’re looking at the lake, some of you are bound to notice the star trails, followed by a realization the same star trails do not appear in the sky. This is a photographic trick that reveals itself in the production process. The image itself is a digital composite of several individual pictures. Assuming I understand this process correctly, when the images were stacked on top of each other, the photographer/photographical software took into account the rotation of the sky and gave each individual picture a slight rotation so the sky stacked together very neatly. The lake, however, shows the sky rotating in the opposite direction, so we still see the remnants of star trails.


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