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Caption: Beneath the celestial ballet of star trails that weave their way across the night sky, the Beijing Forbidden City stands as a testament to ancient celestial connections in this image captured in March 2022. Designed with a cosmic alignment in mind, the palace echoes the orientation of the North Star, also known as Polaris, a celestial anchor that has long guided navigators and symbolised steadiness in the sky. It was believed that the Emperor embodied the earthly representation of this pole star, bridging the realms between heaven and earth. In this harmonious one-hour exposure captured with a smartphone, the streaks of stars trace their nightly journey across the firmament, converging toward the North Star, reflecting the precision of both architectural design and celestial paths.

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Credit: Stephanie Ziyi Ye/IAU OAE (CC BY 4.0)
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10360019
Tags: astrophotography
Related glossary terms: Celestial Pole , Celestial Sphere , Circumpolar Stars , North Celestial Pole (NCP) , Polaris

License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) icons

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Caption: Unter dem himmlischen Ballett der Strichspuren von Sternen, die sich um den Nachthimmel winden, liegt in diesem Bild, das im März 2022 aufgenommen wurde, die Verbotene Stadt in Peking als Zeugnis alter himmlischer Verbindungen. Der Palast wurde nach kosmischen Gesichtspunkten entworfen und orientiert sich an der Ausrichtung des Polarsterns, der auch Polaris genannt wird: einem himmlischen Anker, der Seefahrern seit langem den Weg weist und die Stabilität des Himmel symbolisiert. Man glaubte, dass der Kaiser das irdische Abbild dieses Polarsterns verkörperte und die Brücke zwischen Himmel und Erde schlug. In dieser harmonischen einstündigen Belichtung, die mit einem Smartphone entstanden ist, zeichnen die Spuren der Sterne ihre nächtliche Reise über das Firmament um den Polarstern nach und geben die Präzision sowohl der architektonischen Gestaltung als auch der himmlischen Pfade wider.
Credit: Stephanie Ziyi Ye/IAU OAE (CC BY 4.0)
Related glossary terms: Himmelskugel , Himmelspol , North Celestial Pole (NCP) , Polarstern , Zirkumpolarsterne
Caption translation status: Not yet approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: Carolin Liefke

Caption: Menzione d'onore al concorso di astrofotografia IAU OAE 2023, categoria Immagini fisse con smartphone-dispositivi mobili: I Sentieri Stellari della città Proibita, di Stephanie Ziyi Ye.
Sotto il balletto celeste delle scie stellari che si intrecciano nel cielo notturno, la Città Proibita di Pechino si erge a testimonianza di antiche connessioni celesti in questa immagine catturata nel marzo 2022. Progettato tenendo conto dell'allineamento cosmico, il palazzo riprende l'orientamento della Stella Polare, un'ancora celeste che da tempo guida i navigatori e simboleggia la stabilità nel cielo. Si credeva che l'imperatore incarnasse la rappresentazione terrena di questa stella polare, facendo da ponte tra cielo e terra. In questa armoniosa esposizione di un'ora catturata con uno smartphone, le striature di stelle tracciano il loro viaggio notturno attraverso il firmamento, convergendo verso la Stella Polare, riflettendo la precisione sia del design architettonico che dei percorsi celesti. L'immagine riceve una menzione d'onore nella categoria Immagini fisse scattate esclusivamente con smartphone/dispositivi mobili.
Credit: Stephanie Ziyi Ye/IAU OAE (CC BY 4.0)
Related glossary terms: Polaris , Polo Celeste , Polo Nord Celeste (NCP) , Sfera celeste , Stelle circumpolari
Caption translation status: Not yet approved by a reviewer
Caption translators: Valentina La Parola