Sea Sparkle and Southern Stars

By: Alex Cherney


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Victoria - Australia

Spot: Wilsons Promontory National Park

Date: January 2013

Bioluminescent surf glows under the starry Australian sky. Alpha and Beta Centauri are two brightest stars in the sky. The ghostly blue light is produced by small single-celled marine microorganisms called Noctiluca scintillans (commonly known as the Sea Sparkle) through a chemical reaction. It can be found all over the globe and particularly in areas of nutrient-rich waters. The image is made from the The Squeaky Beach at Wilsons Promontory National Park, marking the southernmost part of the Australian mainland. Alex Cherney,

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