Star Trails over Bourke.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Ron Pantekoek.
“This is a composite image consisting of 150 images to create the star-trails, one image for the truck ‘moving’ head and tail lights, and one for the foreground.
All images were taken on the same night just outside the city limits of Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, and took several hours to make.”
Source: Your pictures: Best of 2016 – BBC News

Aurora Panorama 3, Lyngenfjord.

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The vivid green Northern Lights dance above Lyngenfjord, Norway, tracing out the shape of the Earth’s magnetic field above the waters.
Green, the most common colour associated with aurorae, is produced by oxygen atoms and molecules energised by the impact of solar particles that have escaped the sun’s atmosphere, causing them to glow brightly
Image Credit: Photograph by Jan R Olsen
See more stunning Images via Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 shortlist – in pictures | Science | The Guardian.

Astronaut takes some Snaps from Space.

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‘On a clear day you can see forever,’ says Hadfield. ‘Or at least from Havana to Washington DC …’
All photographs: Chris Hadfield/Macmillan
The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book – You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes – featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit.
Here are some of his best snaps.
d4b3696a-0cc9-48be-8d2c-a57c3a78755c-2060x1236The Nile, draining into the Mediterranean. ‘The bright lights of Cairo announce the opening of the north-flowing river’s delta,’ says Hadfield. ‘Israel is to the north-east.
This 4,258 mile braid of human life is visible in a single glance from space.’
‘The Richat Structure in Mauritania, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, is a landmark for astronauts,’ says Hadfield. d52021d5-638c-43e3-887f-a8cd7c6d3695-2060x1236
‘If you’ve been busy doing experiments and haven’t looked out the window for a while, it’s hard to know where you are, especially if you’re over a vast 3,600,000-square-mile desert.
This bullseye orients you, instantly’ –
All photographs: Chris Hadfield/Macmillan
Read on via Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s amazing photos from space | Travel | The Guardian