Shining sea and sky

“When phytoplankton come near the beach, you can see this amazing scene. There is light in the sea and sky,” said Mohammad Rouhbakhsh of Iran, who captured this image.

Photo by Mohammad Rouhbakhsh.

Mohammad Rouhbakhsh of Tehran, Iran captured this image on December 1, 2017. It shows a beautiful combination of star trails – created by Earth’s spin during long-exposure photographs – and bioluminescent phytoplankton.

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