APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

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APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:05 am

Image Night Hides the World

Explanation: Stars come out as evening twilight fades in this serene skyscape following the Persian proverb "Night hides the world, but reveals a universe." In the scene from last November, the Sun is setting over northern Kenya and the night will soon hide the shores of Lake Turkana, home to many Nile crocodiles. That region is also known as the cradle of humankind for its abundance of hominid fossils. A brilliant Venus, then the world's evening star, dominates the starry night above. But also revealed are faint stars, cosmic dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the graceful arc of our own Milky Way galaxy.

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by geckzilla » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:10 am

You've outdone yourself with this one, Babak.
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by tarantoga » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:21 am

Gorgeous picture, thank you!

Question: On the horizon, very slightly left of center, is a round object on a pillar. What is it?

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Beyond » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:29 am

Looks like a tree :tree: on a thin strip of land that goes out into the water.

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Nitpicker » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:42 am

tarantoga wrote:Gorgeous picture, thank you!

Question: On the horizon, very slightly left of center, is a round object on a pillar. What is it?
I think it is a wind turbine. See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Turkana#Wind_power

Looks like an amazing place. (The galactic background is pretty, too.) A bit to the left of the turbine is a green glow on the horizon. I assume this is from a village near the far shore?

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by geckzilla » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:44 am

I'm pretty sure that's a windmill, as opposed to a wind turbine. Possibly the same one as in the background here:
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Nitpicker » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:52 am

More accurate to call it a wind turbine. I imagine it is for generating electricity, rather than milling grain in the middle of the lake. Edit: could also be a windpump.

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by geckzilla » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:56 am

You don't know what it's doing and neither do I.
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Nitpicker » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:02 am

:ssmile: I going with windpump (aka windmill). Final answer.

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Beyond » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:03 am

well, looks like i sit corrected. I cranked up the screen magnification to 400, and it is one of those wind thingies.
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Boomer12k » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:07 am

Very Pretty!!!

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Ann » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:38 am

What a lovely picture! There are Earthly and celestial clouds, and light from distant stars and fading evening light from our own Sol. And there is even our sister planet, gorgeous Aphrodite - I mean, Venus - who, however, looks prettier from a distance than up close.

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Post by hoohaw » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:13 am

Takes me right back! I had an experiment on a National Science Foundation total solar eclipse expedition to Lake Turkana. It was a long drive in "combis" (VW buses) from Nairobi. When we arrived at the lodge, a great dinner of Nile perch! For breakfast next day, you guessed it, Nile perch. For the three weeks we were there, Nile perch every meal. Got to go fishing in the lake: six of us caught 700 pounds of Nile perch in a few hours. The eclipse was great, and I got publishable data on shadowbands (very impressive). It is so long ago...can I remember? The Turkana people were on one side of the lake, another tribe on the other side, and the El Molo right where we were. Only the El Molo ate fish! Some among us had horrors about snakes in the lodge, but I never saw one. Those were the days, my friend....

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by starsurfer » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:34 am

Ann wrote:What a lovely picture! There are Earthly and celestial clouds, and light from distant stars and fading evening light from our own Sol. And there is even our sister planet, gorgeous Aphrodite - I mean, Venus - who, however, looks prettier from a distance than up close.

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by neufer » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:25 am

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Post by fritzstumpges » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:42 pm

It also looks as if the shot captured the Green Flash?
What else could that be?

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by neufer » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:36 pm

fritzstumpges wrote:
It also looks as if the shot captured the Green Flash?

What else could that be?
The green light at the end of Daisy’s dock: http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php? ... 06#p219384
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:57 pm

fritzstumpges wrote:It also looks as if the shot captured the Green Flash?
What else could that be?
The Sun is well below the horizon, so it can't be a green flash. Just a green light in the distance, I think.
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Coil_Smoke » Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:38 am

This shot really makes me feel immersed in our galaxy. Is that the central bulge of the Milky Way just left of Venus?

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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by neufer » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:41 am

Coil_Smoke wrote:
Is that the central bulge of the Milky Way just left of Venus?
Venus essential moves through the Zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

The Milky Way passes through these constellation: Cygnus, Lacerta, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Auriga, Orion/Gemini, Monoceros, Canis Major, Puppus, Vela, Carina, Crux/Musca, Centaurus, Circinus, Lupus/Norma, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, Scutum, Aquila, Sagitta, Vulpecula

The only matches are Scorpius, Sagittarius & Gemini.

http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html
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Re: APOD: Night Hides the World (2014 Feb 07)

Post by Beyond » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:23 am

Gee, one could almost get a bit dizzy by holding down the look right or left control on the interactive link you posted, neufer.
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