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IMG_1879.jpg

I took this one. Some kind of reflection thing happened, so you can actually see the partially obscured disk to the left of the glare from the sun/clouds.

I had only just started going through my shots. This one the only one that came out with anything good.
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Some kind of eclipse sun-dog.

Dude, e-mail that to some astronomer somewhere. That might be, like, totally unique.
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Some kind of eclipse sun-dog.

Dude, e-mail that to some astronomer somewhere. That might be, like, totally unique.

Um, nah, don't bother. Such lens effects are sometimes TOO common.
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holy moly

watching that video is like a religious experience for me

i admit i do wish i could see time-lapse video of the clouds swirling and whirling
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juice Inadvertently correct
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Release the kraken!
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Is that Jabba's palace?
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2017 North America Total Solar Eclipse Close-up Real-time 4K

They call it "real time" but I believe it's a time lapse. Looks cool anyway.
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2017 North America Total Solar Eclipse Close-up Real-time 4K

They call it "real time" but I believe it's a time lapse. Looks cool anyway.

No, that was real time. Totality at Warm Springs, OR, was just 2 minutes long.
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Encedalus from Cassini

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Cassini plunges into Saturn this weekend :(

more images here

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/images/
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collared kingfisher collared kingfisher go

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walks like a duck....
I dunno. If anything gets MOST people's attention, it is the bill. People sometimes call the platypus "the duck-billed playtypus" (heh, as if there were any other kind) and the hadrosaurids sometimes are collectively called "duck-billed dinosaurs".

For all I know kingfishers may even quack like a duck but they distinctly do not LOOK like a duck.
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the road to space is paved with many a boom-boom

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"You will not go to space today."

Play Kerbal Space Program.
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the road to space is paved with many a boom-boom

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A Youtube video with all of those "landings"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ
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I saw a comment that Elon Musk is so rich he plays KSP for real.
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Cassini's last image

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Cassini's last image

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"That's no moon..."
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Earth and Moon from Saturn

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should they be that far apart from that distance?
A drawing of the Earth-Moon system to scale:

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That should drastically recalibrate one's view of what happened during the recent solar eclipse.

Given that all the planets in the Solar System are in a plane (sorry, Pluto) then likely the separation seen in uki's pic was NOT at the maximum possible.

I took a close look at that pic. The BRIGHT part of the Earth is 4x4 pixels but it lights up an area that is 6x6 pixels less the corners of that square. On the other hand the Moon's BRIGHT part is 1x1 pixels but extends VERY dimly over 3x3 pixels, so the Moon was just barely larger than 1 pixel. Which shouldn't be surprising given the relative "primitiveness" of Cassini's digital cameras.
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should they be that far apart from that distance?

Depends on the FoV of the camera.
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Given that all the planets in the Solar System are in a plane (sorry, Pluto)


No they are not.

http://www.astronomynotes.com/tables/tablesb.htm

First table - orbital properties. - inclination column.
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should they be that far apart from that distance?

I would have thought farther apart; but apparently the Moon is not at apogee.

Also, foreshortening ...
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Given that all the planets in the Solar System are in a plane (sorry, Pluto)


No they are not.

http://www.astronomynotes.com/tables/tablesb.htm

First table - orbital properties. - inclination column.

<sigh>

Are all the planets in a PRECISE plane. No, there are slight deviations.

Are any of those deviations so great that they should never be described as "in a plane"?

Frankly this is more a "potayto, potahto" type of argument.
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DEyncourt posted:
dv posted:
DEyncourt posted:
Given that all the planets in the Solar System are in a plane (sorry, Pluto)


No they are not.

http://www.astronomynotes.com/tables/tablesb.htm

First table - orbital properties. - inclination column.

<sigh>

Are all the planets in a PRECISE plane. No, there are slight deviations.

Are any of those deviations so great that they should never be described as "in a plane"?

Frankly this is more a "potayto, potahto" type of argument.


I didn't know this, so I googled it

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DukeofNuke posted:
TOS posted:
should they be that far apart from that distance?

I would have thought farther apart; but apparently the Moon is not at apogee.

Also, foreshortening ...

I tried playing around with that image I posted showing the Earth-Moon system to scale, re-scaling it to approximate what the Earth-Moon looked like in that Cassini pic. The best I could estimate was that in the Cassini pic the distance between the Earth and Moon was between 1/3rd to 1/4th the distance it could be when at their average maximum separation.

The difference between the Moon's perigee and apogee is about 10% (362 K km vs. 405 K km, respectively) but while when this happens can be crucial for the quality of solar eclipses, it was likely that the Cassini pic was taken when the Moon was seen closer to the Earth simply due to its orbit around the Earth. Given that in the Cassini pic the Earth appeared to rather well-lit, I am guessing that the Earth was on the far side of its orbit relative to Saturn, making the Earth closer to gibbous phase.
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DEyncourt posted:
Given that all the planets in the Solar System are in a plane (sorry, Pluto)


No they are not.

http://www.astronomynotes.com/tables/tablesb.htm

First table - orbital properties. - inclination column.

<sigh>

Are all the planets in a PRECISE plane. No, there are slight deviations.

Are any of those deviations so great that they should never be described as "in a plane"?

Frankly this is more a "potayto, potahto" type of argument.


I didn't know this, so I googled it

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Now take each of those lines and draw their lengths proportionally to each planet's orbit around the Sun. On my MBP's screen the entire length is about 9 cm.

Taking the entire left-to-right length of those lines to be the orbit of Neptune (average 30.1 billion km), then the orbit of Mercury (average 58 million km) is about 0.002 times that. Less than a pixel on my screen.

Even Saturn--at an average orbital distance from the Sun of 1.429 billion km and being that HUGE 2º 29' off the Earth's ecliptic--would have a line that is 0.047 times that length. On my screen Saturn's line would extend about 4 mm in length from the left.
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