The Big Dipper Asterism in Ursa Major
 
An image of the "Big Dipper" area in the Constellation Ursa Major. Although it would be very interesting if the greenish-yellow streaks were the result of some exotic astronomical event, they are lightning bugs passing through the field of view. The image was captured in the summer of 2004 and the lightning bugs were rampant on that night.

The image was captured on ISO 1600 print film with a wide angle 35mm lense coupled to a 35mm camera piggybacked on a 10-inch equatorial Newtonian.

   
The above image with the outline of the Big Dipper superimposed.
   
An enlargement of the lightning bug streaks with Big Dipper stars outlined.
   

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