everytime i look at this picture, i’m completely mesmerized. what is even more fascinating, is what photographer, chris kotsiopoulos, went through in order to achieve a 24 hour view of the sky. see his summary below.

“after wondering for some time whether it was possible to image the sky from one morning to the next where i live in athens greece, i decided to give it a try. after hours of planning and preparation, and a full day of shooting, the image above is the result of this labor of love. it took me about 12 hours to pull together and process a single image that included over 500 star trails, 35 shots of the sun and 25 landscape pictures. My plan was to make the image on the day of the solstice (December 21) when the Sun’s stay in the sky was short (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the star trail durations were long. Of course, trying to find clear weather for a given 24-hour period is not an easy chore. However, I was patient, and the weather eventually cooperated (on December 30-31, 2010). I had to stay at the same place for approximately 30 hours. In addition, I was on location 2-3 hours before sunrise in order to make the preparations and test shooting. I also needed to stay an extra 2-3 hours the second day so as to shoot part of the Sun’s sequence that I lost the first morning due to clouds. I chose Sounion (Temple of Poseidon) as the setting for this project.”

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below is a labeled photo of what was captured. click to enlarge.