APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

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APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby APOD Robot » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:04 am

Image The Planet and the Radio Dish

Explanation: What planet is this? Although seemingly something out of The Little Prince, the planet is actually Earth. More specifically, it is a small part of the Earth incorporated into a four image stereographic "Little Planet " projection. The central fisheye image points down, while the surrounding wide-angle images were taken at a 30 degree tilt and added digitally later. Earth-anchored items surrounding the image center include green grass, dark shadows, and trees near and far. At the image top ("noon" if the planet were a clock) is the well-lit Parkes Radio Telescope dish in New South Wales, Australia. The surrounding sky contains many jewels of the night including the Moon at 9 pm, the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, and the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy at 5 pm. A full field interactive version of this scene can be found here.

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby mexhunter » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:12 am

Hi to all:
Where is Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery?

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It really is a very interesting photography.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Beyond » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:07 am

What the.........? Wow-zooie!! Amazing!
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Krignus » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:30 am

Confused me slightly at the beginning there. Truly some neat photography.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Ann » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:59 am

Although the weird scale of things is confusing, I love how this image truly brings out how the Earth appears to be "suspended" in space, how there is really no up and down (please note that the image must have been taken from the Southern hemisphere) and how space is there all around us.

It brings home, too, the fact that the Earth is truly such a jewel in space.

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby owlice » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:07 am

dark shadows

:: falls over laughing ::

Clearly fun was had in the creation of this image and the writing of the text!
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Czerno-1 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:46 am

Small nit : the caption invites us to look at "the Moon at 9 pm, the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, and the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy at 5 pm."

Why "pm." rather than "am.", what difference does it make on a 12 hours clock dial ?
I's suggest correcting to "Moon at 9 hours", etc.

Strange picture today anyway, not of my preferred ones

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby makc » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:13 am

mexhunter wrote:Where is Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery?
On the other side, getting some tan.
Czerno-1 wrote:Why "pm." rather than "am.", what difference does it make on a 12 hours clock dial ?
spot on, am fits better since the picture shows night sky.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby agulesin » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:25 am

Fantastic! Must be the best photo I've seen on APOD in ages... congrats to the photographer and the APOD team for letting us see it...

Keep up the good work guys!
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby orin stepanek » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:58 am

Very nicely done! I loved the interactive view also. 8-)
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby neufer » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:33 pm

mexhunter wrote:
Where is Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery?
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http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/The_Route_of_All_Evil wrote:
The Route of All Evil (Futurama)
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<<Dwight and Cubert form a newspaper delivery service called Awesome Express. They order an easy-to-construct ship that moves via pedaling and deliver papers to the asteroid inhabited by the Little Prince. When his paper is thrown, the Prince catches it. But later, when the delivery mode is speeded up by Hermes shooting the papers from a gun, the Little Prince gets hit, and flies off his asteroid into space, crying "Au revoir!".>>
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petit-Prince_%28moon%29 wrote:
46610 Besixdouze is an asteroid belonging to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The name was suggested by F. Hemery and J. Grygar in 1993, as a reference to the French short story The Little Prince, where the title character lived on an asteroid named B612.

46610 is the decimal equivalent of the hexadecimal number B612.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEET wrote:
<<N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, abbreviated DEET, is a slightly yellow oil. It is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. DEET was developed by the United States Army, following its experience of jungle warfare during World War II. It was originally tested as a pesticide on farm fields, and entered military use in 1946 and civilian use in 1957 (marketed as 6-12).
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bevin_House wrote:
<<The Bevin House, is a historic 22-room Victorian mansion on the north shore of Long Island, at 76 Bevin Road, within the Incorporated Village of Asharoken, New York. The home was built by Cornelius Henry DeLamater in 1862 in French Second Empire architectural style. DeLamater was the owner of the DeLamater Iron Works located in NYC where W. 13th St meets the Hudson River. The turret, engines, and weaponry on the Ironclad "Monitor" were built by DeLamater's foundry under the direction of noted marine engineer John Ericsson. DeLamater named his summer estate "Vermland" after the Swedish province where Ericsson was born as the two men were best of friends and inseparable.

During World War II, exiled French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was looking for a suitable writing location outside of New York City. Saint-Exupéry rented The Bevin House, which is where he wrote the well known children's book The Little Prince during late 1942.>>
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Stardust » Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:38 pm

One word: Yuk!
On occasion I have to question APOD's reasoning. Today's posting is one such occasion.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Beyond » Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:56 pm

Czerno-1 wrote:Small nit : the caption invites us to look at "the Moon at 9 pm, the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, and the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy at 5 pm."

Why "pm." rather than "am.", what difference does it make on a 12 hours clock dial ?
I's suggest correcting to "Moon at 9 hours", etc.

Strange picture today anyway, not of my preferred ones

Keep keeping on

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Actually the correct term to use would be "O'clock". Such as the moon at 9 O'clock. Our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 O'clock ECT. You are useing the clock face to locate things so the term O'clock is used. You are not useing the clock face to tell time which would include am & pm. The military uses the term Hours because they use a 24 hour clock referrence.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby neufer » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:34 pm

beyond wrote:
Czerno-1 wrote:
Small nit : the caption invites us to look at "the Moon at 9 pm, the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, and the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy at 5 pm."

Why "pm." rather than "am.", what difference does it make on a 12 hours clock dial ?
I's suggest correcting to "Moon at 9 hours", etc.

Actually the correct term to use would be "O'clock". Such as the moon at 9 O'clock. Our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 O'clock ECT. You are useing the clock face to locate things so the term O'clock is used. You are not using the clock face to tell time which would include am & pm. The military uses the term Hours because they use a 24 hour clock referrence.

1) "O'clock" takes up more space than "pm" (and clearly space is at a premium).

2) The image top is clearly defined as being "noon" such that all the times going clockwise would be post meridian of a 12 hour clock. Hence, there can be no confusion of it being a 24 hour clock.

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:43 pm

Thanks to the explanation, I was able to unbend my mind. The concept, composition, and execution are excellent.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby neufer » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:16 pm

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby León » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:19 pm

A full field interactive version of this scene can be found here.http://www.terrastro.com/wp-content/upl ... e-Dish.swf
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Delphine » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:44 pm

I am amazed at today's Picture of the Day. I could look at it all day. Thank you. Delphine
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby biddie67 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:01 pm

Wonderfully weird and fascinating photo! Kudos to Mr. Cherney and his very creative perspectives!!!!
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby mexhunter » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:09 pm

Hi Mark, Art:

makc wrote:
mexhunter wrote:Where is Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery?
On the other side, getting some tan.


I'm not so sure. I think in the other side is a solar eclipse. :lol:


neufer wrote:46610 Besixdouze is an asteroid belonging to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The name was suggested by F. Hemery and J. Grygar in 1993, as a reference to the French short story The Little Prince, where the title character lived on an asteroid named B612.

46610 is the decimal equivalent of the hexadecimal number B612.


Thank you very much, did not know this information. Au revoir!

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby makc » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:57 pm

mexhunter wrote:Hi Mark, Art:

makc wrote:
mexhunter wrote:Where is Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery?
On the other side, getting some tan.


I'm not so sure. I think in the other side is a solar eclipse. :lol:
Think again.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby slee » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:02 pm

Love today's picture.

New to this field, APOD has been teaching me little by little. I wonder sometimes how much (if any! :roll: ) I'm learning. But today I looked at the picture and said "that's not my sky". No, it's not - it's the southern sky and I live far north. How cool is that!

And loved the reference to "Dark Shadows". Why am I not surprised that's on YouTube! Thanks for the smile. I'll look closely in the shadows when walking tonight. :owl:

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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby Beyond » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:32 pm

neufer wrote:
beyond wrote:
Czerno-1 wrote:
Small nit : the caption invites us to look at "the Moon at 9 pm, the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, and the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy at 5 pm."

Why "pm." rather than "am.", what difference does it make on a 12 hours clock dial ?
I's suggest correcting to "Moon at 9 hours", etc.

Actually the correct term to use would be "O'clock". Such as the moon at 9 O'clock. Our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 O'clock ECT. You are useing the clock face to locate things so the term O'clock is used. You are not using the clock face to tell time which would include am & pm. The military uses the term Hours because they use a 24 hour clock referrence.

1) "O'clock" takes up more space than "pm" (and clearly space is at a premium).

2) The image top is clearly defined as being "noon" such that all the times going clockwise would be post meridian of a 12 hour clock. Hence, there can be no confusion of it being a 24 hour clock.

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Now there is a record. Neufer clearly wrote that space is at a premium. Yes, He did!!

I wasn't aware of anyone actually using am-pm-noon time terminology as location terminology also.

As far as i know, the military 24 hour clock has never been used for location and it would have a finer measurement than we could actually use.

I could suggest that we use O'C to save space, if needed when typing and use O'Clock when talking. As far as i know there is no shortage of aural space.
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby alter-ego » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:21 am

beyond wrote:
Czerno-1 wrote:Small nit : the caption invites us to look at "the Moon at 9 pm, the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 pm and 7 pm, and the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy at 5 pm."

Why "pm." rather than "am.", what difference does it make on a 12 hours clock dial ?
I's suggest correcting to "Moon at 9 hours", etc.

Strange picture today anyway, not of my preferred ones

Keep keeping on

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Actually the correct term to use would be "O'clock". Such as the moon at 9 O'clock. Our Milky Way Galaxy at 1:30 O'clock ECT. You are useing the clock face to locate things so the term O'clock is used. You are not useing the clock face to tell time which would include am & pm. The military uses the term Hours because they use a 24 hour clock referrence.


Actually simply writing 9:00, 1:30, etc is all that's needed to refer to the clock face coordinate. There may be more esoteric usage of that number format (international variations?) but any other representation is not needed and, as some have pointed out, there was confusion with using "pm".
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Re: APOD: The Planet and the Radio Dish (2010 Aug 03)

Postby NoelC » Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:27 am

Impressive, beautiful, spectacular! And so many different and fresh presentation formats! I especially enjoyed "being there" via the .swf.

Well done!!!

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