Intermediate Lake after Midnight


The Photograph


Central Lake, Michigan


The Story

Around 1am on July 18th, this light show dazzled the waters of Intermediate Lake. Emerging from behind the wispy tendrils of high-flying cirrus clouds, is the single brightest object in this sky view. Our sun has cast a spotlight on Mars, and like a mirror in space it cast back to us. It's prominent reflection on the lake, after the sun's light having traveled nearly 200 million miles, is a testament to the power of our sun. Along the horizon below Mars you can see the light pollution from the Village of Bellaire. It creates a dome of light that obscures the starry sky. To the right of Bellaire however, the Milky Way rises in it's faithful arc from the southern horizon. 

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