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Star Trails over Bodie Church | by Jeffrey Sullivan
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Star Trails over Bodie Church

The ghost town of Bodie was formed in the 1870s to mine gold, one of the elements on earth which is a product of supernova explosions. I led a group of 10 photographers at Bodie on the night of June 2, and I'll return with two more night photography workshops on September 22 and October 6. Contact me if you're interested in attending!


This image was captured under a bright "super moon", so north was the best direction to capture a few stars. The sun's light bouncing off the moon contains roughly the same spectrum of frequencies as daylight, and this reflected light scatters in the sky in a similar way, so photographs pick up the same daylight blue sky color.


Why are supernova important?

"As each successive generation of stars used these elements, new elements were formed in supernova explosions. Every element heavier than iron, was produced in a supernova. This includes gold."


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Taken on April 17, 2015