APOD: Observatory, Mountains, Universe (2014 Dec 30)

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APOD: Observatory, Mountains, Universe (2014 Dec 30)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:11 am

Image Observatory, Mountains, Universe

Explanation: The awesomeness in this image comes in layers. The closest layer, in the foreground, contains the Peak Terskol Observatory located in the northern Caucasus Mountains of Russia. The white dome over the 2-meter telescope is clearly visible. The observatory is located on a shoulder of Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, with other peaks visible in a nearby background layer. Clouds are visible both in front of and behind the mountain peaks. The featured three-image composite panorama was taken in 2014 August. Far in the distance is the most distant layer: the stars and nebulas of the night sky, with the central band of the Milky Way rising on the image right.

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Post by Boomer12k » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:02 am

Awesomeness indeed....

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Re: APOD: Observatory, Mountains, Universe (2014 Dec 30)

Post by Ann » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:21 am

I like that picture. The observatory looks so small and white against the dark, majestic mountains, and the universe and the Milky Way glitters even more majestic behind the dark, almost evil-looking clouds. That's the Lagoon Nebula there at 2 o'clock, pink and blue and purple and lovely. To the lower left is the yellowish Sagittarius Star Cloud, a part of our galaxy's old star-studded large bulge, and to the upper right of the Lagoon is the bluish Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, dominated by young stars and recent star formation.

That's a lovely picture.

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Post by Czerno o » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:09 am

Beautiful ! That mountain is in Asia, not Europe though...

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Post by geckzilla » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:01 pm

Czerno o wrote:Beautiful ! That mountain is in Asia, not Europe though...
The borders of continents are not so easily defined.
Wikipedia wrote:While there are differing authorities on how the Caucasus are distributed between Europe and Asia, most relevant modern authorities define the continental boundary as the Caucasus watershed, placing Elbrus in Europe as its highest mountain.[9]
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Post by BDanielMayfield » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:17 pm

geckzilla wrote:
Czerno o wrote:Beautiful ! That mountain is in Asia, not Europe though...
The borders of continents are not so easily defined.
Wikipedia wrote:While there are differing authorities on how the Caucasus are distributed between Europe and Asia, most relevant modern authorities define the continental boundary as the Caucasus watershed, placing Elbrus in Europe as its highest mountain.[9]
Eurasia. Borders are so divisive. :ssmile:
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Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:57 pm

BDanielMayfield wrote:Eurasia. Borders are so divisive. :ssmile:
Really. Every other continent makes geological sense. But Europe and Asia are the same continent, distinguished only by historical accident.
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Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:27 pm

I will never complain about my drive to work through rural Idaho again. Bet they can't get a pizza delivered there. Maybe a "Flying" Pie?
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It has got to be quite the addition to "job description" when becoming an astronomer. I would doubt they run this observatory remotely.
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Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:36 pm

Ron-Astro Pharmacist wrote:I will never complain about my drive to work through rural Idaho again. Bet they can't get a pizza delivered there.
I can't get pizza delivered where I live in Colorado. Seems normal to me.
It has got to be quite the addition to "job description" when becoming an astronomer. I would doubt they run this observatory remotely.
Actually, astronomers are not normally present during their use of instruments like this one. It is typically remote operation for them. A facility like this will have a few technicians and operators who are resident (or live nearby), and are responsible for keeping things running smoothly. But the actual astronomers don't need to be there.
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Re: APOD: Observatory, Mountains, Universe (2014 Dec 30)

Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:01 pm

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Ron-Astro Pharmacist wrote:I will never complain about my drive to work through rural Idaho again. Bet they can't get a pizza delivered there.
I can't get pizza delivered where I live in Colorado. Seems normal to me.
It has got to be quite the addition to "job description" when becoming an astronomer. I would doubt they run this observatory remotely.
Actually, astronomers are not normally present during their use of instruments like this one. It is typically remote operation for them. A facility like this will have a few technicians and operators who are resident (or live nearby), and are responsible for keeping things running smoothly. But the actual astronomers don't need to be there.
I forgot to mention the perks – being able to go to work in a place like this. Or for your venue in Colorado and mine in Idaho; rural life has it's "ups". But some "ups" are bigger than others. The techs in Caucasus Mountains would verify that. :)
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Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:31 pm

Ron-Astro Pharmacist wrote:I forgot to mention the perks – being able to go to work in a place like this.
Yes. And I have attended observation sessions for no other reason than to visit an interesting place. The same applies to many other astronomers I know. But people who do a lot of observation tend to stop going. The travel eats up too much time, and cuts too deeply into the budget.
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Post by LocalColor » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:13 pm

Ron-Astro Pharmacist wrote:I will never complain about my drive to work through rural Idaho again. Bet they can't get a pizza delivered there. Maybe a "Flying" Pie?
Oh my, I have not seen the Flying Pie for years. Wish they would deliver up here, but it takes 5 hours from Boise.

Oh topic: a very beautiful image, evokes a sense of awe and wonder (and a few shivers!)

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Re: APOD: Observatory, Mountains, Universe (2014 Dec 30)

Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:07 pm

LocalColor wrote:
Ron-Astro Pharmacist wrote:I will never complain about my drive to work through rural Idaho again. Bet they can't get a pizza delivered there. Maybe a "Flying" Pie?
Oh my, I have not seen the Flying Pie for years. Wish they would deliver up here, but it takes 5 hours from Boise.
It's our favorite! The funny thing is that they apparaently made a movie about their deliveries ??http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419062/

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Re: APOD: Observatory, Mountains, Universe (2014 Dec 30)

Post by SouthEastAsia » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:43 am

As for 'Flying pies'... perhaps a drone UAV-delivered Pizza will in fact be coming to a rural hilltop house near you soon!

@ Ann: very eloquently said!

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Post by DavidLeodis » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:58 am

It's an awesome image but a shame about the 'watermarks' being so intrusively obvious.

I had a :) when looking through the 3 page gallery of images of photographers on the Night Scape website to see that of Трифонова Любовь. She is pretty but the photo of her seems so out of place :wink:.