Big Dipper and Firefly

By: Doug Zubenel


Region: Americas

Site: Kansas - USA

Date: July 2008

In a night exposure of Big Dipper and oak trees, a firefly pass across the view and left a bright green serendipitous signature. Fireflies are nocturnal members of the beetle family Lampyridae. They meander curvaceously through the atmosphere producing their cold, green light via a biochemical reaction between oxygen and luciferin. As noted by the photographer "The Big Dipper was the second constellation asterism I ever recognized in the night sky. The stars were difficult to see from Los Angeles in 1968, but the Dipper managed to punch through the hideous, light-illuminated smog". Doug Zubenel.

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