Satellite captures cosmic light show

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

The satellite camera began snapping shots a few weeks ago in China.

One camera — like the large, mounted station it belongs to — spots a change in the light of a night sky. The celestial movement that triggers the snapping is the so-called Molten Sky, and over time it triggers a sequence of tiny changes in the planet’s DNA.

Called “scattering,” the pattern of light can refer to anything from sunlight reflecting off ice crystals, to the surface of an island or skyscraper. By keeping a constant observation, astronomers can map out which light actually passes through a planet’s surface and, over time, pick out the period of time in which that surface was last illuminated.

Scientists using a deep space telescope called VISTA are on the frontlines of unraveling the secrets of Gravitational Wave astronomy. This image shows a dense, but turbulent dark region in China — a region that may provide crucial clues about the universe

The effect is known as scattering, and scientists at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (SUNES) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver are now able to detect how long it takes these objects to reappear after being absorbed by the planet’s atmosphere.

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