Wallpaper Monday

Yellowstone Milky Way

It looks like the cover of a fantasy novel, but it’s the real thing: Silex Spring, a 10-meter-diameter hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, with the central band of the Milky Way arching overhead.

The spring is artificially illuminated, but its colors are true, courtesy of bacterial colonies that thrive in the hot water. This image was stitched together from 16 photographs, and was the 27 August Astronomy Picture of the Day.

(Click the image to fantasize.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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