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In this photo made by combining 264 20 second exposures, stars leave rings of light behind as they wheel around Polaris, the North Star, over Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. At an elevation of 5,046 feet, Newfound Gap offers prime stargazing on clear, moonless nights. Polaris is not the brightest star in the sky, but it stays glued north, while its neighbors rise and set. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Adam Lau) Stars leave trails of light behind as they wheel around Polaris, the North Star, as seen over Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Far above the light pollution of surrounding areas at a 5,046 feet high, Newfound Gap offers ideal stargazing on clear, moonless nights. This photograph was made by merging hundreds of long exposures, taken over a period of hours to track stars' paths across the autumn night sky. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
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