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One cup of tea later - striking study of starry skies over Shropshire

By Dominic Robertson | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

This stunning image of Shropshire's night sky perfectly captures stars rotating around the North Star.

Jonathan Kimber captured this stunning shot over Condover

The picture was taken by Jonathan Kimber close to his home in Condover; using a long exposure, light pollution from the A5 and the silhouetted hedgerow to produce a striking result.

Mr Kimber said he was pleased with the final image after setting his camera up and leaving it on a long exposure for around 50 minutes on Saturday night.

He said: "That is south of Shrewsbury so I got the light pollution appearing on the low horizon and it blends up into the night sky.

"It was better than I expected. I have not done one of these star trails shots for many years and I just thought I would go out and have a go. Because it is a long exposure I set it up for 50 minutes then went and had a cup of tea.

"When I went back I stopped the exposure to see what I had and it turned out pretty good."

Earlier risers yesterday morning witnessed a cosmic event on Monday morning as Venus and Jupiter appeared side by side in the sky.

Those who missed the event were able to see the two planets again today, but they were not as close together.

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