Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A View from the Zone
Posted on 03/07/2014 8:44:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Brilliant Venus and the central Milky Way rise in the early morning hours of March 1 in this sea and skyscape. The scene looks out from a beach at Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USA, planet Earth. Of course, Earth orbits well within the solar system's habitable zone, that Goldilocks region not too close and not too far from the Sun where surface temperatures can support liquid water. Similar in size to Earth, Venus lies just beyond the inner boundary of the habitable zone. The watery reflection of light from our inhospitable sister planet is seen along a calm, cold ocean and low cloud bank.
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[Credit & Copyright: Jack Fusco]
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How was this made? That surf in the front must be 1/60 sec. I’m thinking. Also, I see star trails on the left ( at full size ) but not in the Milky Way shot. If I’m right that the Milky Way was a separate shot, the next question is, was it taken at the same place on the same occasion?
I’m a deeply suspicious person. Can’t help it.
He has some amazing photos.
Yeah, they’re nice, but they lean to the Art side, away from Science. I was more impressed by some English guy who had absolutely amazing photos of Jupiter, with very advanced amateur equipment, of course.
According to my nature, I was deeply suspicious of him too, but I was satisfied that he was doing what he was doing after looking at his web documentation.
He simply manipulates exposure. If it is also artistic, all the better.
Well, it’s a composite. The way I see it, of at least three exposures - skyscape ( including venus ) , deep sky, and foreground. The thing is that the deep sky ( Milky Way ) shot had to be “guided”, that is on a clock at least, to gain the image. Then it had to be merged with the unguided skyscape shot, which shows star trails.
All very artfully and scientifically done. A check with Starry Night shows that the sky scene is accurate. But I’m just saying, be aware of what you’re looking at.