APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

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APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:05 am

Image Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains

Explanation: There is something unusual about this astronomically-oriented photograph. It's not obvious -- it was discovered only during post-processing. It is not the Moon, although capturing the Moon rising during a total lunar eclipse is quite an unusually interesting sight. (Other interesting images also captured during last month's eclipse can be found here.) It is not Mars, found to the lower right of the Moon, although Mars being captured near its brightest also makes for an unusually interesting sight. (Mars is visible nearly the entire night this month; other interesting images of it can be found here.) It is not the foreground mountains, although the French Alps do provide unusually spectacular perspectives on planet Earth. (Other interesting mountainous starscapes can be found here.) It is the goat.

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Sam Waldon » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:43 am

What is the blue dot to lower right of the center of the photo? A village?

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Noel Cramer » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:31 am

The goat is most probably an Ibex.

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Uwe » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:10 am

It is the goat .. still considering if he should dare the jump the cow had already taken :ssmile:

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by 13 Rabbit » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:43 am

What is the object located down the slope from the goat, about halfway between the goat and the village light? Resembles a Bat wing.

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Indigo_Sunrise » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:02 pm

Very beautiful image! And capturing the goat was very serendipitous 8-)
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by JohnD » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:19 pm

I was fooled by Mars this last weekend. Officiating at a stage rally on the moors in North East England, I camped the night before, on site. The moors are a military exercise area, with many 'out of bounds' and unexplained contructions around the camp. As dusk fell, with too much cloud to see any stars, there was a light just over the next moortop. It was yellow enough to be a sodium lamp, and with my binoculars, seemd to show a disc and posisbly a mast under it. Watch ligth of sosme sort, I thought.
But over the next few minutes, it moved! It was Mars, so near that even with a pair of good binos, I could see a disc, even if no details. Although, has the global sandstorm subsided enough for details to be seen on Mars at all? How are the robots there? I can find no reports of conditions on the Red Planet since early last month, when Opportunity was still in hibernation. Curio's activity isn't affected, of course.
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by neufer » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:51 pm

Uwe wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:10 am

It is the goat .. still considering if he should dare the jump the cow had already taken :ssmile:
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by MarkBour » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:14 pm

A truly lovely picture.

The Sun must have set behind the photographer at this point. I keep getting confused by images such as this. It appears lighted behind the far peaks. I guess that is just from a long exposure. But then what would that light source be? A town behind the mountains?
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by neufer » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:30 pm

MarkBour wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:14 pm

The Sun must have set behind the photographer at this point. I keep getting confused by images such as this. It appears lighted behind the far peaks. I guess that is just from a long exposure. But then what would that light source be? A town behind the mountains?
The Moon, itself, must be a significant light source(...enough to wash out the Milky Way at least).
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:15 pm

neufer wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:30 pm
MarkBour wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:14 pm

The Sun must have set behind the photographer at this point. I keep getting confused by images such as this. It appears lighted behind the far peaks. I guess that is just from a long exposure. But then what would that light source be? A town behind the mountains?
The Moon, itself, must be a significant light source(...enough to wash out the Milky Way at least).
I've tried- twice- to get a snowy mountain scene illuminated just by the eclipsed Moon. No luck. There's just not enough light. I think what we're seeing here is light pollution. There are no dark-to-the-horizon places in the French Alps.
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by BillBixby » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:34 pm

13 Rabbit wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:43 am
What is the object located down the slope from the goat, about halfway between the goat and the village light? Resembles a Bat wing.
My wild guess as to what it is would be; a shelter top, such as a sun shade, to keep evening dew off sleeping bags and equipment. Maybe an overexposed came light under it? Again, just my guess. The goat may be keeping an eye on the occupants.

A beautiful picture.

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by neufer » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:28 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:15 pm
neufer wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:30 pm
MarkBour wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:14 pm

The Sun must have set behind the photographer at this point. I keep getting confused by images such as this. It appears lighted behind the far peaks. I guess that is just from a long exposure. But then what would that light source be? A town behind the mountains?
The Moon, itself, must be a significant light source(...enough to wash out the Milky Way at least).
I've tried- twice- to get a snowy mountain scene illuminated just by the eclipsed Moon. No luck. There's just not enough light. I think what we're seeing here is light pollution. There are no dark-to-the-horizon places in the French Alps.
But the Moon does light up the sky behind the far peaks...no :?:
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:24 pm

neufer wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:28 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:15 pm
neufer wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:30 pm

The Moon, itself, must be a significant light source(...enough to wash out the Milky Way at least).
I've tried- twice- to get a snowy mountain scene illuminated just by the eclipsed Moon. No luck. There's just not enough light. I think what we're seeing here is light pollution. There are no dark-to-the-horizon places in the French Alps.
But the Moon does light up the sky behind the far peaks...no :?:
I would say no. A fully eclipsed Moon simply isn't bright enough to do that. I'd say it's light pollution.
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by jlproud@yahoo.com » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:11 pm

Nice. Found it fairly quickly. Real proud of myself! :D

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by SN1951bk@prodigy.net » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:35 pm

In the caption, you appear to have missed Saturn.

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:47 pm

SN1951bk@prodigy.net wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:35 pm
In the caption, you appear to have missed Saturn.
In its currently conspicuous position above the lid of the Teapot.
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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by historycalling » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:33 pm

Not only a goat but a little further down the mountain is a makeshift tent and a camp fire. You really have to increase magnification to see what it is.

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by Boomer12k » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:02 am

Lovely pic... but I don't think the Goat is out of place. Even here in Oregon they live in the mountains...Mountain Goats...LOL... I want to know what the BLUE LIGHT on the mountain across the way is... a Camp Site??? Or is S.P.E.C.T.R.E. up to something...

Maybe the goat was enjoying the eclipse....

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Re: APOD: Eclipsed Moon and Mars over Mountains (2018 Aug 07)

Post by lghedrick » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:44 am

I was wondering why the bright object about 1/3 of the way in from the right edge of the picture was not worth mentioning. I really like the planet Saturn.