Cool, clear nights give the best view of the galaxy. Luckily, on the water world of Aqualla, every night is cool and clear. Atmospheric droplets of water cloud reflect the light from the horizon, creating a banding effect in the sky. The galaxy is bright. Too bright to make out any features, but not so bright that the spiral arms become invisible. The time now is galaxyrise. As the planet turns, the galaxy itself appears to rotate, changing the central mass of stars into a perfect circle, but this is merely an illusion. The galaxy does rotate in a circular motion, anti-clockwise as you watch the arms. Another surprise awaits as the time passes. Aqualla’s moon, Mapta, sometimes covers the central mass, creating a galactic eclipse of epic proportions.

Moonrise meets galaxyrise on this magical watery world.

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