A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Mehmet Guzey
Date: 2020 Dec 23, 11:57 -0800
If we play the game in a more pure form and assume nothing about the photo, then as I say above, it is still solvable thanks to those faint stars and thanks to the fact that the Solar System never really repeats."
Setting aside the "givens" like iPhone and verbal setup of the story, i approached the puzzle purely from a astronomical point of view to make sure that the mathematical solution is repeatable for similar puzzles. I think i got this thanks to your explanation. It is those faint stars that made the day.
Cheers and happy holidays!!