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   Undertoad  Tuesday Oct 1 12:43 PM

10/1/2002: Moon shot

This Astronomy Pic of the Day is nothing but a calming view of the heavens, meant to remind us of a peaceful time when IotD wasn't so bothered by the serious issues of war and message section politics.

Actually someone suggested it and there it is!

This shot is interesting for more than its calming effect. The dark side of the moon, which was never intended to sync up with any film, is only lit by the light reflected from Earth. Neat, huh? The bright deal on the lower right is Jupiter, and the little points of light right next to it are its moons. Neat, huh?

But at the APoD they admit that the shot was photoshopped to highlight the dark area of the moon and the Jupiter moons. Cheaters!

Cochese  Tuesday Oct 1 03:41 PM

The whole pic looks like a composited CGI shot. Still cool, even knowing parts have been photoshopped.

On a related note, is "photoshop" officially a verb yet?

MaggieL  Tuesday Oct 1 04:39 PM

Originally posted by Cochese

On a related note, is "photoshop" officially a verb yet?
Yes, it was verbed quite some time ago. :-)

<i>"Verbing wierds language."</i> -Calvin

Nic Name  Tuesday Oct 1 07:28 PM

That's really weird.

Undertoad  Tuesday Oct 1 08:06 PM

Of course it's in the dictionary.

jaguar  Tuesday Oct 1 08:32 PM

Don't you hsve work to do UT? :p

Torrere  Tuesday Oct 1 11:58 PM

Undertoad! You spelled photoshopped wrong! That's poor form anywhere, but blas·phe·mous in a dictionary. (yes I had to look that up. That word eludes me.)

Very cool image. Interesting how Jupiter and its moons are emphasized in the APoD description and on the site the picture came from. Took me a while to realize that little line of dots was actually the moons.

Bitman  Friday Oct 4 09:16 PM

Re: 10/1/2002: Moon shot

Originally posted by Undertoad
The bright deal on the lower right is Jupiter, and the little points of light right next to it are its moons.
Ok, I'll call your bluff. There's no way the moons can be that far from Jupiter when viewed from Earth, unless you're telescoping heavily. But then the moon couldn't appear in the same picture.

Urbane Guerrilla  Friday Oct 4 10:09 PM

Droplets of Jupiter

No, Bitman, not too heavily magnified -- that's a typical view of Jupiter through 7x50s, propped on something solid like a handy fence post. Maybe 10x80s, considering the size of the Galilean moon images.

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