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Startrails Above an Alien Lake

The Second International Earth and Sky Photo Contest celebrates images that combine the beauties of the night sky with a notable location or landmark on Earth.

Star trails whirl around the north celestial pole in the skies above Mono Lake in California. This photo, by Grant Kaye, won fifth place in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category.

See slideshow for more photographs from this year's contest. Also, for more information about the Earth and Sky Photo Contest, visit the website for The World at Night.