|381 images stacked from my Geminid meteor shower watch|
Because the position of stars relative to each other is fixed (unless you want to get technical) the streaks made with a fixed camera on a rotating Earth will appear the same year after year. In this sense, star trail paths are like a stellar thumbprint in the sky.
As I'm learning to recognize more and more constellations and stars, looking at things a new way is still a fun challenge. I've labeled the most recognizable stars in this field - with the wild card Jupiter which does change its position relative to the other stars over time. It was a little tricky, but after labeling a few it became super easy to see some common landmarks (skymarks?), such as Orion's belt and the Pleiades.
|Did you recognize the stars without their labels?|