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   Undertoad  Monday Jun 4 01:46 PM

June 4, 2007: Shuttle shadow



It's the Monday Neatorama image collaboration!



Yesterday's Astronomy Pic of the Day was an absolute stunner, as above. It's a little confusing. The shadow from the plume of smoke from the shuttle launch is pointing at the moon.

The ApoD explains:

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In early 2001 during a launch of Atlantis, the Sun, Earth, Moon, and rocket were all properly aligned for this photogenic coincidence. First, for the space shuttle's plume to cast a long shadow, the time of day must be either near sunrise or sunset. Next, just at sunset, the shadow is the longest and extends all the way to the horizon. Finally, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the sky. Just after sunset, for example, the Sun is slightly below the horizon, and, in the other direction, the Moon is slightly above the horizon. Therefore, as Atlantis blasted off, just after sunset, its shadow projected away from the Sun toward the opposite horizon, where the Full Moon just happened to be.
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artemis05  Monday Jun 4 04:11 PM

that is absolutely breath-taking



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 4 04:19 PM

Pretty convoluted explanation to cover the fact that Moon Women are tracking all out space launches with their Shadow Beam.



dkb218  Monday Jun 4 04:52 PM

The Moon Women, huh? Okay now.



Happy Monkey  Monday Jun 4 05:02 PM

That is obviously the Eye of Sauron.



Gravdigr  Monday Jun 4 08:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Pretty convoluted explanation to cover the fact that Moon Women are tracking all out space launches with their Shadow Beam.
Are Moon Women easy? Do I have a shot? Not having much luck with the Earth Women!


artemis05  Tuesday Jun 5 01:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Pretty convoluted explanation to cover the fact that Moon Women are tracking all out space launches with their Shadow Beam.
i thought the moon was a man, who.. was on it... the moon, or something...
note to self: don't leave replies when tired


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