Mysterious Milky Seas Are Visible From Space

Some of the tiniest beings on the planet gather together to create glowing assemblages that are so bright and so large that they can be seen from space

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City lights of Java, Indonesia, contrast with a large patch of β€˜milky seas’ in this image from the Day/Night Band sensor. The area of the glowing sea surface here is greater than 100,000 square kilometers β€” nearly 25 million acres β€” the size of Kentucky and lasted longer than one month. (Credit: Steven D. Miller / NOAA / doi:10.1073/pnas.2207612119)

Sailors and other seafarers have long been known as the source of both news of the outside world as well as fantastical tales filled with wonder and mystery…

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