Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Terraced Night
Posted on 02/06/2014 3:50:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Long after sunset on January 25 an unusually intense red airglow floods this south-looking skyscape. The scene was recorded with a long exposure using a digital camera over Yunnan Province in southwest China. At best faintly visible to the eye, the lingering airglow is due to chemiluminescence, the production of light through chemical excitation. Originating at an altitude similar to aurora, it can found around the globe. The chemical energy is initially provided by the Sun's extreme ultraviolet radiation On this night, despite the luminous atmosphere, the band of the Milky Way clearly stretches above the horizon with bright star Sirius near the top of the frame. Both airglow and starry sky are beautifully reflected in region's watery Yuanyang rice terraces below.
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[Credit & Copyright: Cui Yongjiang]
Thank you so much, SunkenCiv!
Thanks, as always!
Very beautiful. Of course the next morning you see the human feces floating in the rice paddies.
See the haze around the ground lights this all may well be China’s renowned air pollution.
You find what you look for, Sunshine.
BTW, thanks for making such an appropriate comment on this Beauty of Astronomy thread.
Darn those alien human beings befouling the natural environment of Mother Gaia!
If I wanted fantasy, I would go to DU. I don’t need to find the beauty of God’s magnificent creation reflected in a polished turd, sweetie.
The beauty of Gods magnificent creation was reflected in the water in the photo.
You alone brought in the turds.
So THATS what Chinese air pollution looks like at night.
Kinda like the Death Angel lingering up there. ugh.
They were there as anyone who has knowledge of a Chinese rice paddy in the misty moonlight knows, darling. You just chose to ignore them.
Yes, I did - because it was a photograph of the stars! LOL, what exactly is your point? Do you look at beautiful homes and say, "you know, there's a toilet in there..." LOL!
On the other hand, don't tell me, I really don't want to know...
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