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Tracing Star Twinkling

 Scintillation and telescope jitter are recast into a beautiful image. A telephoto lens was wiggled slightly to capture a five-second exposure of the star Sirius on 4 January 2012. As the star‘s twinkling image skated around the focal plane, it traced graceful, colorful arcs. Twinkling is the rapid fluctuation in brightness and color of a star due to changes in the density of air pockets. — David K. Lynch, Thule Scientific