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This photo was captured by graduate student Meng Sun at the 2014 Central Virginia Star Party hosted by Dark Skies, Bright Kids and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society on 30 August 2014. This long-exposure photograph captures children and their glow sticks running around the field while also capturing the constellations of Ursa Major (the Big Dipper, left), Ursa Minor (the Little dipper, center), and Cassiopeia (right). The event, hosted at the Albermarle Ciderworks, attracted more than 350 people to partake in hands-on astronomy activities, attend shows in DSBK's inflatable planetarium, take tours of the constellations, and use telescopes to observe celestial objects in some of the darkest skies on the East Coast.

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