A picture is worth 1000 words or a Billion Stars

Some pictures speak volumes, and some have interesting hidden details that we don’t always see from the outset.  A stunning photo of the Milky Way from Taiwan shows more than meets the eye.

At first glance, you might notice the fascinating shot of the Milky Way, and you may even pick up on the fact that the pollution from the distant cities blocks out all stars past a certain point.  The prominence of pollution and light pollution are very present in the image.  The real gem, however, is to notice the blue clusters of light around the rocks.  They are strange, but what is stranger is that they don’t seem out of place.  The light is the result of bioluminescence of small phytoplankton near the rocks.  The waves that hit the rocks stimulate them and their steady glow is easily observed in this series of long exposures.  Light is cool, whether its from a star thousands of light years away, or from some strange creature that has evolved for 3 Billion years and arrived at your doorstep.


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