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  • WALLY PACHOLKA / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    The Milky Way galaxy shines over Haleakala Crater on Maui in this time-lapse image that was featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on Jan. 27, 2009. The bright spot just below the band is the planet Jupiter. In the foreground lies the moonlit caldera of the volcano. A close look near the horizon will reveal light clouds and the dark but enormous Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island. See more of Wally Pacholka’s photography at AstroPics.com.
  • COURTESY JEAN-CHARLES CUILLANDRE, CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAII TELESCOPE
    NASA posts its Astronomy Picture of the Day every day on its website, and Hawaii has been well-represented in recent years. This photo, which was the picture of the day on Sept. 5, 2000, shows star trails centered on Polaris as the Earth spins on its axis in the early morning hours beyond the dome of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
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The Milky Way galaxy shines over Haleakala Crater on Maui in this time-lapse image that was featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on Jan. 27, 2009. The bright spot just below the band is the planet Jupiter.

In the foreground lies the moonlit caldera of the volcano. A close look near the horizon will reveal light clouds and the dark but enormous Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island. See more of Wally Pacholka’s photography at AstroPics.com.

NASA posts its Astronomy Picture of the Day every day on its website, and Hawaii has been well-represented in recent years.

The second photo, which was the picture of the day on Sept. 5, 2000, shows star trails centered on Polaris as the Earth spins on its axis in the early morning hours beyond the dome of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

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