APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

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APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by APOD Robot » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:08 am

Image Saturn Behind the Moon

Explanation: What's that next to the Moon? Saturn. In its monthly trip around the Earth -- and hence Earth's sky -- our Moon passed nearly in front of Sun-orbiting Saturn earlier this week. Actually the Moon passed directly in front of Saturn from the viewpoints of a wide swath of Earth's Southern Hemisphere. The featured image from Sydney, Australia captured the pair a few minutes before the eclipse. The image was a single shot lasting only 1/500th of a second, later processed to better highlight both the Moon and Saturn. Since Saturn is nearly opposite the Sun, it can be seen nearly the entire night, starting at sunset, toward the south and east. The gibbous Moon was also nearly opposite the Sun, and so also visible nearly the entire night -- it will be full tomorrow night. The Moon will occult Saturn again during every lap it makes around the Earth this year.

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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by heehaw » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:09 am

So what's that inky patch on the Moon?

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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by Boomer12k » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:35 am

Super cool pic... but the Moon is upside down.... :lol2: :roll: :oops:

Great work. I love the colors of the dusty areas on the Moon... I don't see that in my photos, will have to check...

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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by orin stepanek » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:08 am

Great exposure!
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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by starsurfer » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:14 pm

APOD Robot wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:08 am
The Moon will occult Saturn again during every lap it makes around the Earth this year.
Does this mean that APOD supports occult practices? :D :lol2:

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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by ta152h0 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:13 pm

Saw the near-full moon last night. It was beautiful but the Perseid Shower was interfering with my view. pass the ice cold one.
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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by BDanielMayfield » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:21 pm

ta152h0 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:13 pm
Saw the near-full moon last night. It was beautiful but the Perseid Shower was interfering with my view. pass the ice cold one.
The near-full moon in today's APOD also interfered with the view of Saturn's moon Titan. No doubt the fast exposure required to avoid over exposing our Moon rendered Titan invisible in the photo, but it should have been easily visible in a good pair of binoculars.

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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by MarkBour » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:37 am

ta152h0 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:13 pm
Saw the near-full moon last night. It was beautiful but the Perseid Shower was interfering with my view. pass the ice cold one.
Chuckle.
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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by Ann » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:03 am

ta152h0 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:13 pm
Saw the near-full moon last night. It was beautiful but the Perseid Shower was interfering with my view. pass the ice cold one.
:lol2:

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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by alter-ego » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:36 am

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:21 pm
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The near-full moon in today's APOD also interfered with the view of Saturn's moon Titan. No doubt the fast exposure required to avoid over exposing our Moon rendered Titan invisible in the photo, but it should have been easily visible in a good pair of binoculars.
It doesn't look like Titan was visible. Titan was occulted about 1 minute before the image was taken.
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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by BDanielMayfield » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:47 am

alter-ego wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:36 am
BDanielMayfield wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:21 pm
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The near-full moon in today's APOD also interfered with the view of Saturn's moon Titan. No doubt the fast exposure required to avoid over exposing our Moon rendered Titan invisible in the photo, but it should have been easily visible in a good pair of binoculars.
It doesn't look like Titan was visible. Titan was occulted about 1 minute before the image was taken.
Interesting choice timing wise by the photographer then. One would think a photo of three objects would be of even more interest.
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Re: APOD: Saturn Behind the Moon (2019 Aug 14)

Post by alter-ego » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:39 am

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:47 am
alter-ego wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:36 am
BDanielMayfield wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:21 pm
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The near-full moon in today's APOD also interfered with the view of Saturn's moon Titan. No doubt the fast exposure required to avoid over exposing our Moon rendered Titan invisible in the photo, but it should have been easily visible in a good pair of binoculars.
It doesn't look like Titan was visible. Titan was occulted about 1 minute before the image was taken.
Interesting choice timing wise by the photographer then. One would think a photo of three objects would be of even more interest.
It would seem that way. Maybe Peter didn't notice or see Titan because of how bright the Moon was. It's possible he tried unsuccessfully to capture Titan (as you suspect would be the case anyway) so he decided the best image is with Saturn being closer to the Moon.
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