As seen on National Geographic News this long exposure image, made during a complete night by a custom made panoramic film camera, has captured the startrails around the south celestial pole. The equatorial region is the only place on the Earth that the celestial poles are located right at the horizon. TWAN photographer Kwon O Chul was very close to the equator on high altitude slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania when shooting this image. Kilimanjaro is an inactive volcano and the highest mountain in Africa. © Kwon, O Chul



comments (10)

  • Jocky Reply

    Brilliant picture. Well done Kwon!

    December 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm
  • Noorali Jiwaji Reply

    It is a beautiful picture and enhances the wonders of Kilimanjaro, which is the highest free standing mountain in the world.

    However, since Kilimajaro is SOUTH of the equator, (2°45’–3°25’S, 37°00’–37°43’E – Google Earth), the pole seen in the picture would have to be the SOUTH celestial pole. The north celestial pole is always below the horizon from Kilimanjaro, and indeed from all over Tanzania.

    January 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm
  • Tunç Tezel Reply

    You are right, I have corrected the caption to read south pole.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:52 am
  • Shann Reply

    Hi – I’m really impressed, this is a magnificent photo and your work is certainly impressive.
    Do you have a gallery – photo site where you sell prints?
    I’d love to get a link if you do: shann.biglione(at)

    September 30, 2012 at 4:34 am
  • jack princess sally Reply

    This pic is awesum…would luv a copy off it…fpr my fb page~moonstarssunNclouds..

    October 4, 2012 at 9:40 am
  • John Reply

    It is not south… I can see Polaris… If It was south, can’t be seeing the central star, since the Sigma isn’t visible on true sight. It’s an evidence of a flat Earth.

    November 24, 2019 at 4:33 pm
  • John Reply

    This is the North Celestial pole as stated on National Geographic. I can see Polaris. It’s possible to see both poles due to the elevation of Kilamanjaro and being near the equator. There are many panoramas on this site showing both poles at once. ☺️

    January 11, 2023 at 11:25 am

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