Once again nature unleashes it’s beauty and it was captured by one lucky photographer.
What you see below is called Airglow Ripples. These ripples captures look eerily similar to a bullseye…
Following a severe thunderstorm over Bangladesh in late April, Jeff Dai captured these stunning photos of giant circular ripples of glowing air in
the night sky while he was on the Tibet Plateau of China. Standing about 4,450 meters (14,600 feet) above sea level, the Chongqing, China-based
creative was able to get a clear view of the breathtakingly luminescent, multihued bullseye shape overhead.
I would absolutely agree that it’s breathtakingly luminescent and beautiful. I’m one of those people that is always looking up. You never know what
you’re going to miss when you start forgetting to take a minute and look at the landscape above you. Some of the artwork up there runs the gambit from
tear jerking awe to hella scary IMO.
So what cause Airglow Ripples?? I mean… If you are asking the same thing I did of course. I’m sure some of you fine folks already know what it is.
To those like me –
The unusual pattern is created by atmospheric gravity waves, waves of alternating air pressure that can grow with height as the air thins, in this
case about 90 kilometers up. Unlike auroras powered by collisions with energetic charged particles and seen at high latitudes, airglow is due to
chemiluminescence, the production of light in a chemical reaction. More typically seen near the horizon, airglow keeps the night sky from ever being
Both photos are simply stunning…
We all know how powerful nature is, but it’s literally something different to see how a storm could shake up the atmosphere on that grand a scale.
You can read more here –
I like it when I learn something new everyday!
ETA – After looking for a bit, I found a 3second exposure photo of our atmosphere taken by the ISS minus the ripples.
It’s one thing to visualize different layers of gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere and see drawings and models in a book or online… it’s
another thing entirely to capture it on camera. But of course, that’s one of the perks of being an astronaut on the International Space Station, you
get to do a whole lot of things that are “another thing entirely.”
The photograph above was taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman and uploaded to his Twitter feed early this morning. It’s a 3-second exposure, and we know
this because he captioned the photo “3 second shutter exposure at night shows how crazy our #atmosphere really is.”
Link for the above pic… petapixel.com…