The Milky Way Over Grand Marais


Ahh, Grand Marais. It’s pretty amazing that you can get a picture of the Milky Way over the Grand Marais harbor and Lake Superior. It’s getting harder and harder to get this shot as the light pollution in the city grows. There are lots of unnecessary lights decorating the town, and it could easily be darker.

If you know the town, you might think that the lighthouse looks a little odd, like it has two lights. The blueish light is the LED light in the lighthouse and the yellowish light to its left is the research ship Kiyi operated by the Lake Superior Biological Station of the U.S. Geological Survey. The Kiyi’s mission is to count the fish population of the lake. Each summer it travels around the lake and carries out net samples. Sounds like a fun job!



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