Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Lick Observatory Moonrise
Posted on 03/10/2012 9:36:43 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: As viewed from a well chosen location at sunset, the gorgeous Full Moon rose behind Mount Hamilton, east of San Jose, California on March 7. The lunar disk frames historic Lick Observatory perched on the mountain's 4,200 foot summit. Both observatory and Moon echo the warm color of sunlight (moonlight is reflected sunlight) filtered by a long path through the atmosphere. Substantial atmospheric refraction contributes the Moon's ragged, green rim. Of course, the March Full Moon is also known as the Full Worm Moon. In the telescopic photo, Lick's 40 inch Nickel Telescope dome is on the left. The large dome on the right houses Lick's Great 36 inch Refractor.
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back when i was NUTS, i used to ride my bicycle up to Lick and back for fun on weekends.
Great Shot! :-)
The Moon must have looked that big when the Earth was much younger. Of course the ocean tides many times higher.
The only thing more beautiful would be a mosque framed, at sunset.... < /B S>
I recall as a kid, probably 11 years old, writing a letter to this observatory asking for information on the telescope, and they actually sent me a free book on the scope. That was something I didn't expect.
I shot this not too long ago of the Apollo 15 landing site.
The red dot is the approximate area where our Apollo 15 landed, near the curved mountain range.
The Appennines mountain range, has over 3000 peaks, and extending in an almost continuous curve of more than 400 miles in length. No doubt from the surface, this mountain range appears pre-historic like, due to it's ruggedness.
Some peaks rise more than 15,000 feet, The square-shaped mass Mount Wolf, near the southern end of the chain, include peaks standing about 18,000 above the plain.
The last two peaks are perhaps most famous for forming the valley where the Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth mission to land on the Moon. It was the first of what were termed "J missions", long duration stays on the Moon with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. This landing was considered one of the most scientifically successful missions of the Apollo program and started the last three J-Series missions that included the lunar rover and 3-day stays.
The camera setup when this was taken was setup for deep space images, not planetary or lunar, and is why it lacks better detail and resolution.
Great post. Thanks.
Please pardon my ignorance, but how in the hell did YOU manage to take a picture like that???!! Do you own a satellite that orbits the Moon or something? lol
Thanks dragnet2, nice photo and info.
Here a shot below of the scope, which is now about 11 years old.
You'll note the twin leveling steel plates I scrounged from the scrap yard, as well as the steel pier, which I filled with fine sand to help eliminated tiny vibrations caused from tracking motors. Almost the entire mount was junkyard material
The camera can be seen at the center right of the image.
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Posted on 10/04/2004 10:31:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
I’m glad you asked! :’) Nice job (again)!
Beautiful. Brings back memories, I used to hang out there as a teen. Mt. Hamilton, not the moon.
Picture is great, since I will never take that ride again. LOL
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Welcome, and thanks for posting this APoD thread
I always try to stop by..
Eastern Vail Nebula NGC6960
Veil Nebula is an old supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus. It is the remains of cataclysmic explosion of star which exploded between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago.
This nebula is about 1,860 light-years distance.
16x150 seconds @ISO800- CLS filter w6.3 Focal reducer SCT/10"
Whoa! Thanks! Awesome stuff...
Very nice! I used to work at Lick, as an observing assistant. I operated the 120” Shane telescope.
Wow! That’s an incredible image. I wish you were my next door neighbor! LOL
(you could make a small fortune charging admission for this stuff)
It's a lot of fun, but with a rather steep learning curve regarding obtaining the images, maintaining precise tracking and processing the raw data. In fact processing the data is a field unto itself and is really addictive trying to squeeze all the existing data.
BTW, I find galaxies fascinating. Here is one of the more recent shots of M51. I'm still learning techniques to shoot these objects, as they are extreme low light objects, and not easy for me to process the data.
M-51 Whirlpool Galaxy and NGC 5195 - Estimated at about 37 million light years from Earth. It's diameter is about 100 thousand light years.
In 2005 a star exploded into a supernova within the galaxy. The total mass of M51 is estimated the equivalent of 160 billion suns.
By all accounts, it's believed a black hole exists at the core of this galaxy.
To put things in perspective, most of the stars seen in the image, those that are not part of the galaxy, seen surrounding the galaxy, are much closer to us. The Galaxy itself is unbelievably further away than most of those surrounding stars...Deep back in time, so to speak.
35x120 second exposures @ISO 800-6.3 focal reducer, w/Astonomik LP filter.