May 8, 2012
Two Islands, Two Moons
left image by Jose Fernandez, Canary Islands, and right image by Bill Metallinos, Corfu
I am pretty tired of all the supermoon hubbub, but people keep sending images I can't resist. In this case two similar but really different images that speak to various of my interests. Both of these have basically a conical terrestrial structure with a yellowish sphere in the background, but the differences are extreme. Jose's muted pastel and moody view is of the Moon rising over the volcano of El Teide on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The image was captured from the neighboring island of La Palma, about 85 km away. Volcanoes and the Moon have been my two scientific interests all my career so I love seeing them together like this. At another extreme Bill has captured a nearly surrealistic, saturated impression of the rising Moon over the old town of Corfu. Clouds streaming pass the Moon make it look like an angry Jupiter, a seething hot planet orbitering perilously close to its star. This appeals to my sense of the exotically imaginary.
Jose: May 5, 2012. Sony alpha 580 + tele f/5.6 Tamron 70 -300
Bill: 06 May 2012 at 21:27UT+3. Takahashi Toa130 1000mm f7.7 with a Canon eos 40D, iso640, 1.6sec.
Yesterday's LPOD: A Well Planned Supermoon
Tomorrow's LPOD: Massive Map of Little Impact