Photographer Dominic Kamp writes:
Taken from the top of Muottas Muragl, a minor summit situated near St. Moritz in Switzerland. It offers a great view on the four lakes of St. Moritz/Engadin and is reachable until 11PM by a cable car.
If you click on the image to biggify, you’ll notice that the stars are all short streaks rather than dots of light, which betrays the long exposure of the photograph. (As does the light glow of the towns, but that’s secondary.) What boggles my mind is that the exposure was only 88 seconds. In less than a minute and a half, our planet — which is dang close to 25,000 miles in circumference — turns enough for its motion to be recorded on an open camera sensor.
We are turning wicked fast! And that’s not even a patch on how fast we’re moving around the Sun in our orbit…