April 27, 2014

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Cosmic Reflections

image by Jero Esquerdo Galiana, Benidorm Island (Spain)

The sea, the sky, a hint of land, and reflections from the two brightest objects in the night sky. I have seen faint shadows cast by objects that block the light of Venus, and here is the reflection of the light of a rising Venus coming across the Mediterranean Sea. The crescent Moon is much brighter than Venus, accounting for the wider and brighter reflection. I almost wrote that Moon and Venus light bouncing off the clouds above them enhanced the brightness of the reflections. But the opposite is probably true: the reflections from the Moon and Venus on the water illuminates the clouds. A way to test which interpretation is correct would be if the clouds were below the bright sources. In that case the sea reflections would still illuminate the clouds, but direct light from the sources would not. What do you think?

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
April 26, 2014, 5:48 AM. 70mm lens, 10 sec, f/4, iso 800

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