APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

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APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:06 am

Image Solar System Portrait

Explanation: On another Valentine's Day (February 14, 1990), cruising four billion miles from the Sun, the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back to make this first ever family portrait of our Solar System. The complete portrait is a 60 frame mosaic made from a vantage point 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In it, Voyager's wide angle camera frames sweep through the inner Solar System at the left, linking up with gas giant Neptune, at the time the Solar System's outermost planet, at the far right. Positions for Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are indicated by letters, while the Sun is the bright spot near the center of the circle of frames. The inset frames for each of the planets are from Voyager's narrow field camera. Unseen in the portrait are Mercury, too close to the Sun to be detected, and Mars, unfortunately hidden by sunlight scattered in the camera's optical system. Small, faint Pluto's position was not covered.

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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by Beyond » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:16 am

Hmm... Datsa whole lot different then any family portrait I've ever seen, and a hellava lot Bigger also :!:
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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by pacman » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:41 am

It's amazing that Voyager 1 is out there and still functioning. I would love to see an artist's concept of that composit.

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Post by stephen63 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:43 am

Reminded me of a favorite:
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Post by Boomer12k » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:27 am

Interesting, but kind of confusing.

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Post by Yorgos_Kap » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:20 am

It's a shame Pluto didn't make it to this family portrait.
He's kind of the awkward cousin nowadays...

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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by ritwik » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:38 am

APOD Robot wrote: In it, Voyager's wide angle camera frames sweep through the inner Solar System at the left, linking up with gas giant Neptune, at the time the Solar System's outermost planet, at the far right.
:roll:

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Post by Indigo_Sunrise » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:38 am

This image ROCKS!

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Post by geckzilla » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:19 pm

ritwik wrote:
APOD Robot wrote: In it, Voyager's wide angle camera frames sweep through the inner Solar System at the left, linking up with gas giant Neptune, at the time the Solar System's outermost planet, at the far right.
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Post by orin stepanek » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:50 pm

Wonderful Voyagers! :D And the one in Star Trek!
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Post by Night eyes » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:58 pm

Wow, a humbling experience that reminds us all, despite the numbers of newly found exo-planets, we are very small and very, very far from anything remotely like our awesome and fragile home.

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Post by NGC3314 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:59 pm

ritwik wrote:
APOD Robot wrote: In it, Voyager's wide angle camera frames sweep through the inner Solar System at the left, linking up with gas giant Neptune, at the time the Solar System's outermost planet, at the far right.
:roll:
It''s not that bad. Pluto was near perihelion in 1990, and passed Neptune's distance from the Sun outbound almost nine years that date (I see one reference to Feb. 11, 1999). The statement refers to that circumstance rather than planetary definitions.

I had an undergraduate professor who asked the identity of the most distant known planet twice during one term in 1979, with the answer changing between exams. I cite this as evidence that I am not remotely as devious as some students believe me to be. Of course, I'd want them to think so anyway.

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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by MargaritaMc » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:21 pm

stephen63 wrote:Reminded me of a favorite:
Oh, Stephen, that is beautiful! I've not seen this video before - thank you so much for posting it.

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Post by Ann » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:47 pm

Night eyes wrote:Wow, a humbling experience that reminds us all, despite the numbers of newly found exo-planets, we are very small and very, very far from anything remotely like our awesome and fragile home.
Indeed, and that is something we should all bear in mind. It's not as if we can use up the Earth by next week and move to Mars in April - or in the foreseeable future.

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Post by MargaritaMc » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:04 pm

Ann wrote:
Night eyes wrote:Wow, a humbling experience that reminds us all, despite the numbers of newly found exo-planets, we are very small and very, very far from anything remotely like our awesome and fragile home.
Indeed, and that is something we should all bear in mind. It's not as if we can use up the Earth by next week and move to Mars in April - or in the foreseeable future.

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Yes. Something that has been borne upon me, since working the the lectures about the planets of our solar system on the Astronomy course that Robert Nemiroff has put on YouTube, is how extra-ordinarily beautiful and rich our own planet is.
That is very obvious and possibly sounds trite - but The Earth is a very precious place. The more I see of Elsewhere the more I realise that there really is No Place Like Home...

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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by Anthony Barreiro » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:59 pm

MargaritaMc wrote:
Ann wrote:
Night eyes wrote:Wow, a humbling experience that reminds us all, despite the numbers of newly found exo-planets, we are very small and very, very far from anything remotely like our awesome and fragile home.
Indeed, and that is something we should all bear in mind. It's not as if we can use up the Earth by next week and move to Mars in April - or in the foreseeable future.

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Yes. Something that has been borne upon me, since working the the lectures about the planets of our solar system on the Astronomy course that Robert Nemiroff has put on YouTube, is how extra-ordinarily beautiful and rich our own planet is.
That is very obvious and possibly sounds trite - but The Earth is a very precious place. The more I see of Elsewhere the more I realise that there really is No Place Like Home...

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Post by MargaritaMc » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:14 pm

Do you know, I'd not remembered the red slippers...
I was more thinking of,
Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
"In those rare moments of total quiet with a dark sky, I again feel the awe that struck me as a child. The feeling is utterly overwhelming as my mind races out across the stars. I feel peaceful and serene."
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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by bystander » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:30 pm

MargaritaMc wrote:Do you know, I'd not remembered the red slippers...
I was more thinking of,
Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
Home, Sweet Home ~ John Howard Payne
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alive to the gentle breeze of communication, and please stop being such a jerk.
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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by BillBixby » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:40 pm

You write the book, you make the slippers silver. You make the first color movie, you don't use slippers that will look like the came out of a black and white film. You supply your STAR with footwear which give her a little more glamor. Notice the reference to a star so we stay on an astronomy topic. :wink:

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Post by Beyond » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:46 pm

orin stepanek wrote:Wonderful Voyagers! :D And the one in Star Trek!
Click to play embedded YouTube video.
Here's a more fuller version.
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Post by orin stepanek » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:54 pm

Beyond wrote: Here's a more fuller version.
Click to play embedded YouTube video.
Twould be a new meaning for: And the two became one! :D
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Post by Anthony Barreiro » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:55 pm

Why settle for a single still picture when we can have video?
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Post by saturno2 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:15 pm

Happy Valentine´s Day for all

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Post by alter-ego » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:18 am

Boomer12k wrote:Interesting, but kind of confusing.

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Yorgos_Kap wrote:It's a shame Pluto didn't make it to this family portrait.
He's kind of the awkward cousin nowadays...
This simulated view from voyager helps with perspective, and does include pluto.
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Re: APOD: Solar System Portrait (2013 Feb 14)

Post by MargaritaMc » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:14 am

Does Pluto's orbit really go inside, not only the orbit of Neptune, but also of Uranus? That is what this image seems to show. I knew about Neptune, of course, but skimming the orbit of Uranus is new to me.

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