Brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter still rise
together before dawn.
waters by a small
house near Stuttgart, Germany
reflect their graceful arcing trails in this composited series of
exposures, recorded on the morning of July 26.
A reflection of planet
Earth's rotation on its axis, the concentric trails of these celestial
beacons along with
trails of stars
are punctuated at their ends by a separate final frame
in the morning skyview.
Easy to pick out, Venus is brightest and near the trees close to the
Jupiter arcs above it, toward the center of the image along with
the compact Pleiades star cluster and V-shaped Hyades anchored by
bright star Aldebaran.
One trail looks wrong, though.
Not concentric with the others and so not a reflection of Earth's
rotation, the International Space Station streaks off the right
side of this scene, glinting in sunlight
as it orbits planet Earth.