July 2, 2011
Moons And Stars
image by Rob Kaufman, Bright, Victoria, Australia
|Fred Espenaks's eclipse site is the standard reference for the geometric circumstances of an eclipse, but Rob's multiple image montage gives a more dramatic feel for the size of the Earth's shadow that the Moon crossed on June 15. Rob writes, The partial eclipse phase images have been arranged to simulate the Earth's umbral shadow, to scale. The background is a separate image of the starfield in which the eclipse occurred, taken several weeks ago. The uneclipsed full Moon and two images of the penumbral eclipse lead into the partial phases. The juxtaposition of the bright Moon in front of the starry background is a scene we can never witness but it would be an improvement of the universe if we could. Astrologers talk of the Moon being in a particular house of the zodiac but imagine how beautiful it would be if we always saw the Moon against the full panoply of stars. That woud be the best of all worlds.
Yesterday's LPOD: An Egg in the Nest
Tomorrow's LPOD: The Long Road Back To the Moon