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When I was younger, I would lay in bed and imagine I could see the stars through my ceiling.  My dream became a reality when I turned 14 years old.  Well, almost a reality.  While shopping at a local craft store, most likely with my parents, I found a bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint.  Being a mischievous child, I immediately painted random dots on my ceiling, thus creating my window to the heavens above.

When my parents eventually sold our house, long after I had moved out, they found that it took three layers of white paint to completely cover the glowing stars I had painted.  My first thought was, why cover them?  Surely a new buyer would want a room with a view of the night sky.  Apparently my parents did not share my view on this topic.

Fast forward a few decades, and I stumbled across a web site called Glow Inc.  They happen to sell glow-in-the-dark paint containing strontium aluminate pigment.  The claims made on this site indicate this paint is 25 times stronger than the hobby store paint I used as a kid.  Cool!  A $10 order later, and I had a new project on my hands. Continue Reading