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Lower Keys Hosts Winter Star Party

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BIG PINE KEY (CBSMiami/AP) – With stars in their eyes and a sea breeze at their backs, nearly 600 professional and amateur have gathered in the lower Florida Keys for the 28th annual Winter Star Party.

The event, which continues through Sunday, is based out of the Girl Scout camp on West Summerland Key.

Organizers say the event’s primary draw for astronomers is the large number of southern constellations, comets and stars visible from the Keys. The region’s southern location, clear night skies and relative absence of city lights contribute to prime viewing conditions.

Other attractions include lectures and programs by noted astronomers and guest speakers.

The event is coordinated by the Southern Cross Astronomical Society.

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