Orion and Sirius

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The familiar constellation of Orion leaves star trails as it rises across the southeast sky. The bright streak below Orion is the star Sirius, while the planet Saturn is at extreme upper left. Moonlight from a first-quarter moon illuminates the hills in the foreground of this photo taken in the southern California desert.

Date: December 28, 2003
Time: 8:15pm to 11:45pm 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: 3 1/2 hours
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

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