Star Trails Streak Over Historic Hungary (Photo)
Bright star Spica, planets Saturn and Mars and the glowing moon appear as long-exposure star trails over Pécs, Hungary. This image was taken by veteran astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi of the World at Night on July 23, 2012.
Credit: Tamas Ladanyi / www.astrophoto.hu/ The World at Night

The glowing moon, bright star Spica along with planets Saturn and Mars appear to shoot across the night sky above the historic city of Pécs, Hungary in this beautiful long-exposure, star trail photo.

This recently released image was taken by veteran astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi of The World at Night on July 23, 2012.

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In this image, Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, can be seen on the left. The planets Saturn and Mars brightly shine next to Spica. The golden moon is further down to the right. Star trails naturally occur with the rotation of the Earth giving the impression the celestial objects are moving in the night sky.

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