The Hub of the Universe


"The center of the world is the hub of the universe -- axis mundi -- you know, the central point, the pole star around which all revolves. The central point of the world is the point where stillness and movement are together. Movement is time, stillness is eternity, realizing the relationship of the temporal moment to the eternal, not 'moment,' but forever, is the sense of life. Realizing how this moment in your life is actually a moment of eternity, and the experience of the eternal aspect of what you're doing in the temporal experience is the mythological experience."
                                      -- Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Star Trails make circles around the north star in this 6-hour exposure. Moonlight from a nearly-first-quarter moon illuminates the canyon in the foreground of this photo taken in the southern California desert.

This photograph was published in the October 2004 issue of Astronomy Magazine.

Date: December 27-28, 2003
Time: 6:15pm to 12:20am PST
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Fuji Provia 100F slide
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/11
Exposure time: 6 hours and 5 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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