APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

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APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:06 am

Image Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls

Explanation: They are both falling. The water in Yosemite Falls, California, USA, is falling toward the Earth. Comet ZTF is falling toward the Sun. This double cosmic cascade was captured late last month as fading Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) had just passed its closest to planet Earth. The orange star just over the falls is Kochab. With the exception of a brief encounter with a black bear, the featured image was a well-planned composite of a moonlit-foreground and long-duration background exposures - all designed to reconstruct a deep version of an actual single sight. Although Comet ZTF is now fading as it glides back to the outer Solar System, its path is determined by gravity and so it can be considered to still be falling toward the Sun -- but backwards.

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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by Guest » Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:21 am

That's actually Bridalveil Falls

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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:49 am

APOD Robot wrote: Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:06 am Image Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls

Explanation: They are both falling. The water in Yosemite Falls, California, USA, is falling toward the Earth. Comet ZTF is falling toward the Sun. This double cosmic cascade was captured late last month as fading Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) had just passed its closest to planet Earth. The orange star just over the falls is Kochab. With the exception of a brief encounter with a black bear, the featured image was a well-planned composite of a moonlit-foreground and long-duration background exposures - all designed to reconstruct a deep version of an actual single sight. Although Comet ZTF is now fading as it glides back to the outer Solar System, its path is determined by gravity and so it can be considered to still be falling toward the Sun -- but backwards.

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I think it's a bit marginal to say that a body in an open (hyperbolic) orbit that is moving faster than the Solar System escape velocity and will never return is really falling toward the Sun... in either direction.
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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:53 am

Guest wrote: Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:21 am That's actually Bridalveil Falls
No, it's Upper Yosemite Fall.
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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by Cousin Ricky » Tue Feb 21, 2023 1:41 pm

APOD Robot wrote: Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:06 am The orange star just over the falls is Kochab. With the exception of a brief encounter with a black bear, ...
So, two bears in this description!

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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by johnnydeep » Tue Feb 21, 2023 2:44 pm

Chris Peterson wrote: Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:49 am
APOD Robot wrote: Tue Feb 21, 2023 5:06 am Image Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls

Explanation: They are both falling. The water in Yosemite Falls, California, USA, is falling toward the Earth. Comet ZTF is falling toward the Sun. This double cosmic cascade was captured late last month as fading Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) had just passed its closest to planet Earth. The orange star just over the falls is Kochab. With the exception of a brief encounter with a black bear, the featured image was a well-planned composite of a moonlit-foreground and long-duration background exposures - all designed to reconstruct a deep version of an actual single sight. Although Comet ZTF is now fading as it glides back to the outer Solar System, its path is determined by gravity and so it can be considered to still be falling toward the Sun -- but backwards.

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I think it's a bit marginal to say that a body in an open (hyperbolic) orbit that is moving faster than the Solar System escape velocity and will never return is really falling toward the Sun... in either direction.
Yeah. Plus, though "intuitively", a body in a closed elliptical orbit around the Sun is only falling toward it prior to perihelion, such an object is in reality falling toward the sun at all times! And even a rock thrown upward from the Earth's surface is falling even when it is rising!

So, does "falling" just mean the direction that gravity is acting regardless of the direction of motion of the object?
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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF over Yosemite Falls (2023 Feb 21)

Post by orin stepanek » Wed Feb 22, 2023 2:56 am

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