APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2024 Feb 25)

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APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2024 Feb 25)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Feb 25, 2024 5:07 am

Image A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland

Explanation: All of the other aurora watchers had gone home. By 3:30 am in Iceland, on a quiet September night, much of that night's auroras had died down. Suddenly, unexpectedly, a new burst of particles streamed down from space, lighting up the Earth's atmosphere once again. This time, surprisingly, pareidoliacally, the night lit up with an amazing shape reminiscent of a giant phoenix. With camera equipment at the ready, two quick sky images were taken, followed immediately by a third of the land. The mountain in the background is Helgafell, while the small foreground river is called Kaldá, both located about 30 kilometers north of Iceland's capital Reykjavík. Seasoned skywatchers will note that just above the mountain, toward the left, is the constellation of Orion, while the Pleiades star cluster is also visible just above the frame center. The 2016 aurora, which lasted only a minute and was soon gone forever -- would possibly be dismissed as a fanciful fable -- were it not captured in the featured, digitally-composed, image mosaic.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2024 Feb 25)

Post by Elmar Schmidt » Tue Feb 27, 2024 9:41 am

Sorry, this picture does not seem to be genuine, the "phoenix" may have been stamped together, see the discussion here:

https://forum.meteoros.de/viewtopic.php ... 57#p244257

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2024 Feb 25)

Post by Rauf » Tue Feb 27, 2024 5:15 pm

Elmar Schmidt wrote: Tue Feb 27, 2024 9:41 am Sorry, this picture does not seem to be genuine, the "phoenix" may have been stamped together, see the discussion here:

https://forum.meteoros.de/viewtopic.php ... 57#p244257
This picture has been posted on APOD before, and discussed here in Asterisk.
viewtopic.php?t=41286

I don't know what to believe though. Someone mentioned that there's a crescent moon on the lake, but I'm not sure if it's indeed the moon.

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Re: APOD: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland (2024 Feb 25)

Post by Elmar Schmidt » Wed Feb 28, 2024 12:57 am

As discussed in the AKM forum, there was another lively aurora bird shown (or produced) even earlier by Helgason. In addition, a photo forensical analysis of the "phoenix" photo (I copy the link for convenience)

https://fotoforensics.com/analysis.php? ... ad.7746488

of the photo shows heavily dodged parts outlining the "phoenix". I find this very strange, to say the least, and unacceptable as an APOD.