When I lay down in my room at night it's pretty much completely dark but I observe this strange phenomenon going on.
When I lay down and look at my ceiling I can see my white fluorescent white bulbs and white fan blades but when it's dark I can't. But, as soon as I avert my eyes from the fan and lightbulbs about 1 foot I can see them in the dark but why? If it helps there is a very slight illumination from the street lights. And, also I can't see anything not white on the ceiling.
Why can I see the objects only when I avert my eyes?