Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

Milky Way shines in Star Festival on Yonaguni

People in Kubura on Yonaguni Island viewed the starlit sky to the southeast. The Milky Way looked like swath extending from the bottom to the upper left of the photograph taken around 9:00 p.m. on July 6 (Photograph taken by Masatoshi Inafuku).

July 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

People in Kubura on Yonaguni Island saw the Milky Way in the southeastern sky the day before the Star Festival on July 7.
To the naked eye, the Milky Way looked like a white, blurry cloud extending from the southeastern to the eastern sky, but a camera using a long exposure captured it clearly.

The Milky Way is stars in the galaxy containing the solar system as viewed from the side.

The festival celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, as represented by the stars Vega and Altair. Legend has it that the Milky Way separates these lovers and they are only able to meet once a year.

Yonaguni Town held the International Billfish Tournament this day. In the evening, they held an event on a special stage set up on the water in Kubura Fishing Port.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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