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   Undertoad  Tuesday Feb 6 09:46 AM

February 6, 2007: Fireworks, comet, lightning



When xoB sent this along I thought it surely must be a fake. When it became
Astronomy Pic of the Day yesterday I asked the photographer for permission to
use it. This is the work of Antti Kemppainen, and a fine work it is; APoD says it's
actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red
reflections from the exploding firework
, which is one reason it takes on this
otherworldly quality.

But never mind the processing; the most impressive part is that all three events
are captured at the same time and place, including the sunset and the beach and
visitors; and it's beautiful. The comet is McNaught's comet, visible now in the
southern hemisphere. The location is Perth, just north of Hillary's Marina. And the
reason for the fireworks is that it was taken on Australia Day.



ajaccio  Tuesday Feb 6 09:50 AM

awesome

Saw this on Aopd yesterday and was awestruck. Bravo to a great rendering!! That's a bravo to the photographer adn also to Mother Nature!



Flint  Tuesday Feb 6 09:53 AM

Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset?
And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk. - Jack Handey



Trilby  Tuesday Feb 6 10:29 AM

Really, really, really gorgeous and awe inspiring.

So. Why do those three guys sitting together on the beach all have white t-shirts with black triangles on them?



Elspode  Tuesday Feb 6 10:39 AM

They're pointing the way to the comet.



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Feb 6 10:41 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
Really, really, really gorgeous and awe inspiring.

So. Why do those three guys sitting together on the beach all have white t-shirts with black triangles on them?
To keep from getting sunburned on their backs? :-)


glatt  Tuesday Feb 6 10:42 AM

This is a great Image of the Day.



findpolitics  Tuesday Feb 6 11:00 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
This is a great Image of the Day.
Agreed Thanks for going through the extra trouble to secure this one. I really enjoyed it.


barefoot serpent  Tuesday Feb 6 11:53 AM

I just got back from Botswana and Namibia but was never able to find the comet. A full moon and frequent clouds made seeing hard and I was mostly north of the Tropic of Capricorn.



TorasMommy  Tuesday Feb 6 11:58 AM

Did anyone else see the person holding what looks like a sparkler?

Or is it a lighter exploding from trying to lite too many cigs?

I think what I find most interesting is none of these people seem to notice the lightning. Thet're too interested in the comet or fireworks.



Spexxvet  Tuesday Feb 6 12:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
So. Why do those three guys sitting together on the beach all have white t-shirts with black triangles on them?
The are followers of Zoltan. They are looking for the continuum transfunctioner. The continuum transfunctioner is a very mysterious and powerful device - it's mystery is exceeded only by it's power. Danger follows the continuum transfunctioner. So says Zoltan.


Elspode  Tuesday Feb 6 12:26 PM

I'm thinking Turner missed a pretty good opportunity, here...



freshnesschronic  Tuesday Feb 6 04:22 PM

That picture is unreal.



poohbearbeth  Tuesday Feb 6 06:28 PM

way awesome



incommunicadocat  Tuesday Feb 6 06:59 PM

Wow.
Just... Wow.

As to the triangle t-shirts, I imagine they say 'Made in Australia'

http://www.australianmade.com.au/trademark/



Kingswood  Tuesday Feb 6 07:21 PM

The picture creates a whole new definition of the phrase "shock and awe".



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 6 08:29 PM

The picture was posted, sent in by a reader, on an Australian site last Thursday. I was sure it must have been photoshoped because it's so incredible.
I was quite surprised to see APoD verify it was legit. One of the most amazing photos ever taken.



Gawa  Tuesday Feb 6 10:54 PM

So. Why do those three guys sitting together on the beach all have white t-shirts with black triangles on them?

umm...I think the guy on the left is female.

Can you imagine floating on a boat, on your back, under the point of explosion...???



SPUCK  Wednesday Feb 7 05:04 AM

No one seems to concerned about the lightning even though they're sittin ducks.

Oh and Elspode



monster  Wednesday Feb 7 08:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
So. Why do those three guys sitting together on the beach all have white t-shirts with black triangles on them?

Because for some people, a picture containing simultaneous lightining, comet and fireworks over water just isn't enough....


Elspode  Wednesday Feb 7 09:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Oh and Elspode
Thanks. *I* thought it was funny, but with the lack of any comment, I was beginning to feel like I'd picked the wrong photo to use for irreverence, since the original is so damn striking.


Sundae  Wednesday Feb 7 11:20 AM

I didn't realise how wide the picture was at first.
I could see the comet, and the fireworks, but I couldn't see any lightning no matter how hard I looked.

Imagine my awe when I scrolled across and saw the whole picture. Wow.



charmzny  Wednesday Feb 7 11:47 AM

I must be completely blind because I cannot see any lightning in this picture...Can someone point me in the right direction.



charmzny  Wednesday Feb 7 11:49 AM

Never mind...found it. I didn't scroll over to the right far enough. For a minute I thought I was losing my mind....



glatt  Wednesday Feb 7 11:49 AM

scroll over to the right

Edit: I see you got it. Never mind.



BigV  Wednesday Feb 7 01:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
I didn't realise how wide the picture was at first.
I could see the comet, and the fireworks, but I couldn't see any lightning no matter how hard I looked.

Imagine my awe when I scrolled across and saw the whole picture. Wow.
Thank you SG. This is another example of what your teachers told you to encourage you to ask questions. "Don't be afraid to raise your hand. If you have a question, chances are others in the class have the same question." I got to ride free on your question.

Wow at the picture and Thanks for the tip!


Shawnee123  Wednesday Feb 7 02:59 PM

Funny, I hadn't seen the lightning either, until SG said to scroll over. If I had only asked the question!



SPUCK  Thursday Feb 8 04:03 AM

Quote:
Thanks. *I* thought it was funny, but with the lack of any comment, I was beginning to feel like I'd picked the wrong photo to use for irreverence, since the original is so damn striking.
Naw I looked at your post and thought, "Why did he just re-post the picture??!" Then noticed the 'idiot devices'. I almost fell out of my chair. It was an endorphin minute!


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