APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

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APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:06 am

Image September's Harvest Moon

Explanation: A Full Moon rising can be a dramatic celestial sight, and Full Moons can have many names. For example, Monday's Full Moon was the one nearest this year's autumnal equinox for the northern hemisphere, traditionally called the Harvest Moon. According to lore the name is a fitting one because farmers could work late into the night at the end of the growing season harvesting crops by moonlight. This serene telephoto image captures this September's harvest moonrise from Turin, Italy. In silhouette against an orange lunar disk is Turin's hilltop Basilica of Superga.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by cketter » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:27 am

How much of this photograph do you think was luck? Obviously the bird was luck, but there seems to be an element of careful planning. This photographer is quite a ways away and the Basilica is perfectly centered in the moon. Do you think he/she calculated this position in advance? If so, I say "nice work!"

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by owlice » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:00 am

Yes, I think this was a carefully planned shot, and kudos to the photographer for it! It's a lovely image and makes a fabulous APOD.
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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:03 pm

Whether it was planned on not; it is a fantastic photo! many kudos to the Photographer. 8-)
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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by klx » Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:35 pm

i think this bird is an owl

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by mobrien2(PEI) » Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:44 pm

The bird looks like a well fed pigeon. I'm not very familiar with owls, but I've noticed that pigeons don't mind gliding with lots of dihedral in their wing positions. They can permit themselves a noisy ascent when desired, but an owl, being a bird of stealth, would naturally opt for a more efficient flight behaviour, in my totally amateur opinion.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by sunlitho » Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:56 pm

I'm guessing the bird in the photo is a seagull.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by StefanoDeRosa » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:23 pm

Dear all,

many thanks for you comments!
Yes I confirm that I planned the shot in advance, also visiting the shooting site a couple of days before. Of course I did not plan the bird, even if I must say that it is not the first time that one of my Moon/Basilica pictures is blessed by the entrance of such a special guest :)
Maybe this can help in guessing what kind of bird is

Thanks again

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Post by neufer » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:24 pm

Click to play embedded YouTube video.
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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by monkeyboy » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:25 pm

OWL nice shot

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by luigi » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:41 pm

Very nice shot Stefano, your planning was totally worth it!

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by BobHodges » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:10 pm

:evil: Very beautiful photo. I am torn on the avian so I won't hazard a guess. But I would very much like to know. :?:

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by sgduffy@comcast.net » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:18 pm

It must be an owl. It's large bodied, and it's flying at night.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by Fistcar » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:19 pm

I am going to guess the the bird is a Tern, correct?

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by Ann » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:41 pm

Stefano De Rosa, your APOD is very beautiful. I think that the image that you posted in this thread is even more beautiful.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by rachel heininger » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:31 pm

The photo is in Italy....it is a dove.
But, I think that the name of the church is wrong. The beautiful church in Turim is the Duomo della Sacra Sidone.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by neufer » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:26 pm

rachel heininger wrote:
The photo is in Italy....it is a dove.
But, I think that the name of the church is wrong.
The beautiful church in Turim is the Duomo della Sacra Sidone.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Superga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin_Cathedral
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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by StefanoDeRosa » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:30 pm

Ann wrote:Stefano De Rosa, your APOD is very beautiful. I think that the image that you posted in this thread is even more beautiful.

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Thank you Ann !

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by neufer » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:39 pm

Fistcar wrote:
I am going to guess the the bird is a Tern, correct?
Click to play embedded YouTube video.
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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by Mike Sheffield » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:25 pm

A seagull, I believe. It looks too big to be a pigeon.

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by StefanoDeRosa » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:30 pm

Mike Sheffield wrote:A seagull, I believe. It looks too big to be a pigeon.
Personally I agree with you Mike: it is probably a seagull

Stefano

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by Sean » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:00 pm

Great shot.Looks like a Owl to me!

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by Beyond » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:02 pm

neufer wrote:
Fistcar wrote:
I am going to guess the the bird is a Tern, correct?
Click to play embedded YouTube video.
S-l-o-w-l-y i listened. Word by word. As i almost laughed my head off :!: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

As to the bird in the moon, the wings don't seem to be an owl's wings, and the body seems to be a bit too big and rounded for a sea gull.
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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by wolf kotenberg » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:35 pm

I saw this just a few days ago. We had a spate of good weather here in the northwest with clear skies and you could not miss it. I have seen the moon lined up with the tip of Mr Rainier years ago as if sitting on it. But I did not have the camera. Lucky shot ? only lucky you have the camera handy and set up, with really good charged up batteries. I always have one in my car. If it wasn't for that giant cloud, I would have caught that meteor that flashed over Oregon a few months ago. I was taking movies of the AMTRAK train coming from that direction at that exact time. But alas, I get to sit down, have a cool one and not be famous....sigh

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Re: APOD: September's Harvest Moon (2011 Sep 16)

Post by Ruben » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:37 pm

I was very afortunate to swim at 02:00 in the shallow beach of Tulùm, Mexican Mayan Riviera, The full moon was a spectacular beacon that allowed us to swim in turquoise waters and white sand beach in the middle of the night.