Image Credit: Mike Salway

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a "star party." A star party is when a group of amateur astronomers gather together with their eclectic array of telescopes to show off and (more importantly) to marvel at the wonders of the universe. This particular star party happened in 2007 at the proverbial 'bottom of the world,' and it's called the South Pacific Star Party.

Here, among the glow of the red lights (to protect the observers night vision), Mike Salway set up his camera to capture the action. On this particular night, the bright object is Jupiter positioned just on top of the Milky Way dust lane.


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