Colours of The Milky Way – Freshwater Bay

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Visible colours of green, red and purple airglow can be seen here whilst overlooking the channel from Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. Airglow is a phenomenon that occurs when molecules (mostly that of nitrogen and oxygen) are energised by UV radiation from sunlight. To release that energy, atoms in the lower atmosphere bump into each other and lose energy in the collision. But the upper atmosphere is thinner, so atoms are less likely to collide. Instead, they release their energy by emitting photons.

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    Mark (verified owner)

    Absolutely beautiful – am delighted with my purchase.

  2. Phil H. (verified owner)

    Fantastic photo and our friends on the I-o-W love it and were really pleased with the service when they picked it up. They also love your gallery. Thank you from Australia

  3. the Milky Way rising over freshwater bay on the isle of wight

    Kate (verified owner)

    It’s a beautiful picture & can’t fault delivery/packaging etc. We may well order more

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    Richard S. (verified owner)

    Christmas present for my sister, she will love it.

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