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Time lapse: The Wagging Pole - Night Watch

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitOct 2, 2011 12:47 PM

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Graham Gaunt is a photographer who sent me this time lapse video he made of the skies over Cornwall, UK. It's not remarkable so much for the photography -- which is quite lovely -- but because in the extreme southwest UK summer nights, according to Graham, tend to be cloudy.

[embed width="610"]http://vimeo.com/29603656[/embed]

I like the shots of the stars through the clouds; the difference in relative motion is somehow both eerie and soothing. The familiar sight of Orion, the Pleiades, Taurus, and Sirius coming in at about 1:20 is quite nice. The thing is... "Wagging Pole"? I asked Graham what it means. At about a minute in, keep your eyes on the third power line pole down the road. It moves, wagging around! He said it was in a loose hole, but when he first saw it it freaked him out a little, so he decided to give it title billing.


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