APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Comments and questions about the APOD on the main view screen.
User avatar
APOD Robot
Otto Posterman
Posts: 3355
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:27 am

APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:06 am

Image Little Planet Lookout

Explanation: Don't panic. This little planet projection looks confusing, but it's actually just a digitally warped and stitched, nadir centered mosaic of images that covers nearly 360x180 degrees. The images were taken on the night of October 31 from a 30 meter tall hill-top lookout tower near Tatabanya, Hungary, planet Earth. The laticed lookout tower construction was converted from a local mine elevator. Since planet Earth is rotating, the 126 frames of 75 second long exposures also show warped, concentric star trails with the north celestial pole at the left. Of course at this location the south celestial pole is just right of center but below the the little planet's horizon.

<< Previous APOD This Day in APOD Next APOD >>

User avatar
orin stepanek
Plutopian
Posts: 4571
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:41 pm
Location: Nebraska

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:58 pm

:?: :shock: :roll:
Orin

Smile today; tomorrow's another day!

E Fish
Ensign
Posts: 36
Joined: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:29 pm

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by E Fish » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm

Okay, I don't get it. What am I looking at?

User avatar
neufer
Vacationer at Tralfamadore
Posts: 15396
Joined: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:57 pm
Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by neufer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:52 pm


E Fish wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm

Okay, I don't get it. What am I looking at?
:arrow: A transverse Mercator map projection looking up at the night sky from inside a tower in Hungary (as the Earth rotates vs-a-vis that sky)?
Art Neuendorffer

User avatar
bystander
Apathetic Retiree
Posts: 17639
Joined: Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:06 pm
Location: Oklahoma

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by bystander » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:54 pm

E Fish wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm

Okay, I don't get it. What am I looking at?

A "Little Planet" (stereographic) projection from Ranzinger lookout tower in Tatabánya, Hungary.
Know the quiet place within your heart and touch the rainbow of possibility; be
alive to the gentle breeze of communication, and please stop being such a jerk.
— Garrison Keillor

playmud

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by playmud » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:15 pm

How about more object photos and less cute pictures.

Adam Ackermann

User avatar
Fred the Cat
Theoretic Apothekitty
Posts: 482
Joined: Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:09 pm
AKA: Ron
Location: Eagle, Idaho

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by Fred the Cat » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:18 pm

Of all the little planets, I love this one the best. It reminds me of how a flat universe might appear looking back in time as it spins outward from a point on an ever-increasing torus. :wink:

Whew! I think I just woke up from a bad M.C. Escher dream. Little planet - look out! :ssmile:
Freddy's Felicity "Only ascertain as a cat box survivor"

User avatar
MarkBour
Subtle Signal
Posts: 761
Joined: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:44 pm
Location: Illinois, USA

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by MarkBour » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:37 pm

Mervin: Hey Ervin, can you look up "nadir" in the dictionary for me?
Ervin: No, Mervin, I would have to look down.
Mark Goldfain

E Fish
Ensign
Posts: 36
Joined: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:29 pm

Re: APOD: Little Planet Lookout (2018 Nov 09)

Post by E Fish » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:05 pm

neufer wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:52 pm

E Fish wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:34 pm

Okay, I don't get it. What am I looking at?
:arrow: A transverse Mercator map projection looking up at the night sky from inside a tower in Hungary (as the Earth rotates vs-a-vis that sky)?
Ah, thank you. I would have understood that explanation. All the other stuff was just confusing. :)