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Your first con­tact with the uni­verse

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We've de­tected the old­est light in the uni­verse from 400 mil­lion years af­ter the Big Bang, the ISS gets a ‘fly­ing brain’ com­pan­ion and life on worlds around other stars is ques­tioned

Com­bin­ing land­scapes and stars with long ex­po­sures re­sults in some of the best as­tropho­tog­ra­phy images around. Here, one Euro­pean South­ern Ob­ser­va­tory pho­tog­ra­pher Petr Horálek took this fine star trail shot of the South­ern Hemi­sphere sky over the Paranal Ob­ser­va­tory in Chile.

Other than the ob­vi­ous mo­tion of the stars, there was also the ap­pear­ance of a shoot­ing star cut­ting across the cir­cu­lar paths. The stars in this hemi­sphere all ro­tate around their ‘North Star’ equiv­a­lent, known as Sigma Oc­tan­tis. How­ever, this star is much fainter and far less no­tice­able than Po­laris.

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