APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

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APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by APOD Robot » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:05 am

Image A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland

Explanation: All of the other aurora watchers had gone home. By 3:30 am in Iceland, on a quiet night last September, much of that night's auroras had died down. Suddenly though, a new burst of particles streamed down from space, lighting up the Earth's atmosphere once again. This time, unexpectedly, pareidoliacally, they created an amazing shape reminiscent of a giant phoenix. With camera equipment at the ready, two quick sky images were taken, followed immediately by a third of the land. The mountain in the background is Helgafell, while the small foreground river is called Kaldá, both located about 30 kilometers north of Iceland's capital Reykjavik. Seasoned skywatchers will note that just above the mountain, toward the left, is the constellation of Orion, while the Pleiades star cluster is also visible just above the frame center. The new aurora lasted only a minute and would be gone forever -- possibly dismissed as an embellished aberration -- were it not captured in the featured, digitally-composed, image mosaic.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Boomer12k » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:36 am

Interesting Happenstance....

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by NCHANT » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:12 am

Not sure why it took 3 exposures to capture this, when it can be done in one? It's just not adding up to me.

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Post by alex.tudorica » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:44 am

Just curios what exactly digitally-composed means, maybe someone can explain a little bit in detail? Thanks :)

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by geckzilla » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:10 am

NCHANT wrote:Not sure why it took 3 exposures to capture this, when it can be done in one? It's just not adding up to me.
alex.tudorica wrote:Just curios what exactly digitally-composed means, maybe someone can explain a little bit in detail? Thanks :)
It was three photos stacked vertically to capture a vertical panorama, or vertorama as the photographer himself described it. He said he stitched them together in Photoshop manually and also did "lens correction" to the horizon, which I think means he straightened it out because it would otherwise appear to curve downward, as in a bowl shape.
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Coil_Smoke » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:35 am

Finally, A decent image of "The Great Bird Of The Galaxy". I've been waiting for almost 50 years ... :lol2:

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by MarcC » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:08 pm

It looks a faint streak right in the "heart" of the phoenix. A meteor?

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:33 pm

I'm uncertain what a phoenix looks like. But I do know a pigeon when I see one.
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Fred the Cat » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:59 pm

Phoenix, pigeon or something else ?
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by BMAONE23 » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:20 pm

And thus began the custom of carving animal totems in poles

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Post by zzwerzy » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:53 pm

What an awesome image!

Not sure what "Cloudbait" (love that!) Peterson meant by "Pigeon". Sounds like an insult, but something tells me it's not.

Anyone?

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Jim Leff » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:09 pm

With the schnozz, it looks like Birdperson from the (superb) Rick and Morty series.

http://cdn3.denofgeek.us/sites/denofgee ... person.jpg

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Tekija » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:28 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:I'm uncertain what a phoenix looks like.
Either this:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/thisis ... /11252.jpg

or this:

http://bestiary.ca/beastimage/img4641.jpg

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by rstevenson » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:44 pm

zzwerzy wrote:Not sure what "Cloudbait" (love that!) Peterson meant by "Pigeon". Sounds like an insult, but something tells me it's not.
Well, it's a bird. See Columbidae, one of which is the domestic pigeon, common throughout the US and Canada, in cities and towns and probably everywhere else.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Beyond » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:51 pm

Phoenix's have longer tail feathers than a pigeon, Rob. If you want to see what a mystical magical phoenix looks like, then just watch a mystical magical movie like Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets. You'll get to see the Phoenix burst into fire and become a pile of ashes, only to shortly emerge as a baby phoenix. And later in the movie, you get to see it helping Harry against a giant snake. And later than that, you get to see it flying 3-people out of the below ground chamber.
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Post by rstevenson » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:58 pm

I've seen all the Harry Potter movies, and I've seen phoenixes in other movies too. But I was answering zzwerzy, who was asking about Chris' use of Pigeon. I wasn't commenting on the pareidoliaclly determined Phoenix.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Chris Peterson » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:01 am

zzwerzy wrote:Not sure what "Cloudbait" (love that!) Peterson meant by "Pigeon". Sounds like an insult, but something tells me it's not.
Just a bit of snarky commentary on the pareidolia that would lead someone to see a mythical bird in the sky as opposed to an extremely common and prosaic one.
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Beyond » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:13 am

rstevenson wrote:I've seen all the Harry Potter movies, and I've seen phoenixes in other movies too. But I was answering zzwerzy, who was asking about Chris' use of Pigeon. I wasn't commenting on the pareidoliaclly determined Phoenix.

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Oh, ok. I didn't realize you had so much Phoenix experience. So.... in your experience, which Phoenix would you say looks most like a Phoenix should look?
From my limited Phoenix experience, i would say that the one in Harry Potter looks darn good.
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by Beyond » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:15 am

Look! Up in the sky. It's not a plane, it's not Superman, It's Aurora Bird!
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by rstevenson » Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:03 am

Beyond wrote:... So.... in your experience, which Phoenix would you say looks most like a Phoenix should look?
From my limited Phoenix experience, i would say that the one in Harry Potter looks darn good.
Since there no real such birds to compare against, and since our ability to create very convincing simulacra increases in lock step with the power of our computers, I'd say the best Phoenix is, and always will be, the next one.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by DavidLeodis » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:31 am

Thanks to Judy for the excellent annotation :). I had thought that would be Uranus :wink:. Well OK I did actually recognise Orion, which is not bad for me!

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by geckzilla » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:54 am

DavidLeodis wrote:Thanks to Judy for the excellent annotation :). I had thought that would be Uranus :wink:. Well OK I did actually recognise Orion, which is not bad for me!
I love to include even dim objects like Uranus or Ceres because they help to precisely date the capture.
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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by DavidLeodis » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:32 pm

geckzilla wrote:
DavidLeodis wrote:Thanks to Judy for the excellent annotation :). I had thought that would be Uranus :wink:. Well OK I did actually recognise Orion, which is not bad for me!
I love to include even dim objects like Uranus or Ceres because they help to precisely date the capture.
Hi Judy (geckzilla) :).

Talking of the date I've found in Hallgrimur's section in Fluidr (found through his section in Facebook) that the exposure is dated Thurs Sep 24 2015 at 03:28:09.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2016 Mar 16)

Post by geckzilla » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:58 pm

DavidLeodis wrote:
geckzilla wrote:
DavidLeodis wrote:Thanks to Judy for the excellent annotation :). I had thought that would be Uranus :wink:. Well OK I did actually recognise Orion, which is not bad for me!
I love to include even dim objects like Uranus or Ceres because they help to precisely date the capture.
Hi Judy (geckzilla) :).

Talking of the date I've found in Hallgrimur's section in Fluidr (found through his section in Facebook) that the exposure is dated Thurs Sep 24 2015 at 03:28:09.
Yep. And there is no question that it was on that day because Uranus is in exactly the right spot.
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