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Old Mar 6, 2012, 5:30 PM   #1
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hi everyone, warning... lunar waffle coming up! (i warned you)

i took these 2 shots tonight, the moon is almost full so it was harder to photograph because of the brightness and slight cloud cover. the moon on its own interested me because the craters are so clear, i took some video also because Tycho was so clear with all its channels streaking away from it (the large crater on the bottom right of the moon some 100 km wide.

also the small bright area on the left is the crater Aristarchus, it is on the darker side of the moon as we see it and is so bright because of an effect called "earthshine". the light from the daylit side of our planet illuminates the crater. this crater is named after the greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos.

anyone who has taken moon shots and has wondered on the details they have captured can simply go to Google Earth and click on the moon icon at the top of the screen. there you can see videos and NASA's own HD images of the craters and all the details including names and sizes, discovery facts and so on. very interesting for fellow lunar lovers.

anyway now youre asleep lol, i hope you enjoyed my pictures and waffle.

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Good job John, the image is very good and detailed! Beautiful also the first with the moon in the trees.
Well done mate!!
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Really nice pictures. First one is my favorite
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Very impressive, both, especially the first - I like the moonlight reflected on the edges of the branches all around the moon. Very nice capture, John. Unfortunately, we have a very hazy sky today and the moon has taken a completely different color - see for yourself:
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Nice shots John. That first one is spooky.

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John, Very impressive! I love both; but the first is extremely beautiful!
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thanks everyone for the nice comments, the tree moon is my desktop at the moment, im growing rather fond of it myself lol.

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That first shot is really cool. Great job!
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