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Old 07-10-2004, 06:12:54   #1
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Moonsets are not often quite as exciting as this one. But amateur astronomer Marc-Andre Besel was impressed by the brilliant lighting displays that joined the first quarter Moon and stars of the constellation Scorpius in western skies. On August 22, 2004, his view looked across the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island, Florida, USA, a region that would experience even more stormy weather in the coming days. The alluring digital image is a time exposure, by chance capturing the details of a brief flash of lightning along with an overexposed Moon and dramatic cloud formations. In fact, the exposure is long enough to show the background stars as short streaks or trails. The bright yellowish star trail, just above and right of the lightning flash, is red giant star Antares.
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Old 07-10-2004, 06:27:23   #2
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That is a cool pic.
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That is otherworldly.
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Old 07-10-2004, 07:26:37   #4
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Old 07-10-2004, 09:47:29   #5
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That is gorgeous. Like the world looks on acid.
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Old 07-10-2004, 10:24:42   #6
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It's not exactly astronomical, though.
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Old 07-10-2004, 10:50:05   #8
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By that definition, isn't any outdoor shot that includes a small section of sky "astronomical"? You can't make out any detail of the moon, or see any stars.

Nice picture, but not astronomical. They'll be doing kitten pics next.
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Old 07-10-2004, 11:35:03   #10
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Looks like a Benson ad.. but nice, though.
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Old 07-10-2004, 12:11:26   #12
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yeah, B&H had these ad here where the theme was gold and all. just reminds me of that.
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Old 07-10-2004, 19:42:48   #16
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Ah. That explains why it looks a bit bonkers.
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Old 07-10-2004, 23:07:56   #17
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So how come the stars are moving, but the moon isn't?
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You know Drekkus, that's a really damn good question!
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Old 07-10-2004, 23:10:38   #19
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Actually, the moon has moved -- you can see that the overexposure is slightly oval -- but because it orbits in the same direction as our rotation, it dosen't move as much.
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Actually, the moon has moved -- you can see that the overexposure is slightly oval -- but because it orbits in the same direction as our rotation, it dosen't move as much.
The moon takes 28 days to complete an orbit of the earth so it would be impossible to notice just by visual inspection. However it does look slightly oval so it may have moved slightly and the scale of the stars mask this fact...
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Believe me, when you try to track the moon with even a small telescope, the difference in motion between it and the stars is noticable.
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Believe me, when you try to track the moon with even a small telescope, the difference in motion between it and the stars is noticable.
Yeah, it rockets across the sky when you are using a telescope, even a relatively small one.
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and yet the lightning hasn't moved at all!
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The science nerds will tell you that the earth is supposed to rotate and yet this is clear evidence that everything rotates around it. So the earth is the centre of everything. HA!
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PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF! The moon moves faster than the speed of light!
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