<p dir="ltr">Tracks of passing planes cut across the sky above Rattlesnake Lake near Seattle, Washington, while a stellar pinwheel whirls around the North Star.</p><p dir="ltr">Taken on August 7, this 4.5-hour time-exposure portrait captures the rotation of the Earth around its axis, creating a spectacular star trails effect.</p>

Sky Above Rattlesnake Lake

Tracks of passing planes cut across the sky above Rattlesnake Lake near Seattle, Washington, while a stellar pinwheel whirls around the North Star.

Taken on August 7, this 4.5-hour time-exposure portrait captures the rotation of the Earth around its axis, creating a spectacular star trails effect.

Photograph by hisao mogi, National Geographic Your Shot

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