High energy photons are emitted in energy transitions of particles in the nucleus of atoms. The release of energy into photons and energetic particles is a defining feature of the thermonuclear furnaces streaking across this three hour composite image. That same release of energy from atomic nuclei fuzing or fracturing forms the basis for nuclear weapons, first realized in the weapons of war just beyond the horizon in this image. While the light pollution from Los Alamos makes for a poetic counterpoint to the star trails overhead, it really is the result of much more common (and benign) energy exchanges and scattering from smoke particulates. Maybe our uses of photons can aspire to be life giving and sustaining like ones overhead in this image.
As a star trail image, I was shooting for better, but as a nightscape scene, I appreciate it and enjoy the range of color and phenomena in the sky. I hope you enjoy the benign use of the photons I collected to compose this image for your enjoyment and appreciation of the beauty we still have.
Hopefully you do too!
Peace and cheers!