APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

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APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby APOD Robot » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:07 am

Image Creature Aurora Over Norway

Explanation: It was Halloween and the sky looked like a creature. Exactly which creature, the astrophotographer was unsure (but possibly you can suggest one). Exactly what caused the eerie apparition was sure: one of the best auroral displays in recent memory. This spectacular aurora had an unusually high degree of detail. Pictured above, the vivid green and purple auroral colors are caused by high atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen reacting to a burst of incoming electrons. Birch trees in Tromsø, Norway formed an also eerie foreground. Many other photogenic auroras have been triggered by recent energetic flares on the Sun.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby olympusmons » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:31 am

a wolf lying down, its back on the mountain, alert, looking out into the galaxy. or perhaps a snail's foot.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby new1 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:41 am

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby alter-ego » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:47 am

I see a fire-breathing dragon in flight to the left. It seems appropriate to only have it's heart smack dab in the great square of Pegasus.
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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Nitpicker » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:48 am

Looks like a troll ... or is that click-bait?

Edit: but lovely picture.
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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Uwe » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:01 am

Click-bait is rather good ^^, but to me it shows a jumping salmon at a waterfall. You can clearly detect some kind of dorsal fin at the right.
Anyway, Thanks again for the beautiful picture!

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby wisbech10@yahoo.com » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:36 am

Reminds me of the Lord Voldemort attack on the Quidditch World Cup encampment in the Harry Potter books.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby phedre » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:48 am

It looks like a magnetospheric eel

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby BMAONE23 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:00 am

While it does resemble Moldywarts Dark Mark
I see a rather large swan

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Mikey » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:08 am

Wings are spread, the neck arches high...

"The Phoenix Rises"

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Obi-don » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:27 am

Maybe it's because I'm a single guy, but I see the top half of a nekkid lady, the center of the image being her head turned towards the camera.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Milky Waster » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:48 am

It's a sky fossil of an aurorasaurus. These flying lizards had wings which were sensitive to approaching comets and they took to the skies about 65 million years ago rarely to be seen again.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby GavinW » Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:50 am

Definitely a Snark of the Boojum variety.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby slywlf » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:44 am

Mikey wrote:Wings are spread, the neck arches high...

"The Phoenix Rises"



My thought exactly!!! :D

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Rikk » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:02 am

Super pic but aren't the colours formed from oxygen and nitrogen?

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby mister T » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:34 am

Cecil the Sea Serpent

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Boomer12k » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:46 am

Riddle me this....Batman....what would today's APOD remind you of, if it was turned 180 degrees?????

"Holy Question mark, Batman!"

"Correct Robin, this can mean only one thing....The Riddler is out to steal the Aurora Borealis....THE FIEND!!! To the Batmobile!!!!"


Doo doo doo doo doo doo.....

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Mumbotron » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:53 am

I bet you'll like this one... a Phoenix. Or you could go with Quetzalcoatl if you are into that kinda stuff. :wink:

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby skywriter » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:16 am

BMAONE23 wrote:While it does resemble Moldywarts Dark Mark
I see a rather large swan

Mikey wrote:Wings are spread, the neck arches high...
"The Phoenix Rises"


Is'nt it a swan like this?:

Image

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby me@alexjmoore.com » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:52 am

This must be an Aukrora

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby neufer » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:48 pm

Image
Art Neuendorffer

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby egenpaliari » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:51 pm

Why it is the Nocte Norse Monster, of course.

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby FloridaMike » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:06 pm

I see Ions...
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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby copernicus9 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:06 pm

I see a sailfish jumping out of the water

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Re: APOD: Creature Aurora Over Norway (2013 Nov 06)

Postby Imagineer » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:11 pm

Setting aside discussion of the apparition evoked by today’s amazing aurora image for a moment, I’m intrigued by the “small vertical tail” appearing at the left inner edge of the crescent, just left of image center. May I assume the image captures a dense sheet of incoming electrons more or less edge-on?


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