Fine Art Landscape Photography St David's Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Limited Edition Print *
Star Trails above St David’s Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales
This image was made over two hours, overlooking St David’s Bay, Pembrokeshire. The landscape, which includes Whitesands Bay and Carn Llidi, is lit by a full moon.
The sky shows the natural movement of the stars as they rotate through the night sky. Their apparent rotation is caused by the spinning of the earth on its axis. The earth’s axis is aligned with the north star (not in view), which remains stationary in the night star, and all the other stars rotate around it as the earth spins. The colour and brightness of each star varies, creating the images’ multicoloured star trails. There are also three small meteorites in the image, slightly to the left of the centre of the image.
The north star is especially useful for navigation since it is virtually stationary in the night sky and it indicates the direction of the north pole. It’s angle of elevation can also be used to determine latitude. There are many ways to locate the north star in the sky – the one shown here is Chris’ preferred method.
The north star is part of the Ursa Minor constellation, also known as the Little Bear (a bear with an unusually long tail!). Ursa Minor is Latin for ‘smaller bear’, contrasting with Ursa Major, the big or great bear. Like the Great Bear, the tail of the Little Bear may also be seen as the handle of a ladle, hence the name Big Dipper and Little Dipper respectively.
Because Ursa Minor consists of seven stars, the Latin word for "North" is septentrio, from septem (seven) and trio (three), from three oxen driving a plow, which the seven stars also resemble.
* This image is a Limited Edition Print of 350 for all prints larger than 12"x8".
Location: St Davids Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK