Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Porn of the Day: In the Shadow of the Moon

Have you ever seen a solar eclipse? I bet you've never seen one from this perspective!

Click the image to see the APOD page.

This photo shows an eclipsed Earth, taken by the Mir 27 crew on August 11, 1999 - the last eclipse Mir cosmonauts ever got to see, since the station was de-orbited (crashed into the atmopshere) in 2001. The recent lunar eclipse made this photo even more spectacular to consider.

Speaking of shadows and the Moon, have you seen In the Shadow of the Moon? It's a great documentary and (to use the producer's language) "an intimate epic, which vividly communicates the daring and the danger, the pride and the passion, of this extraordinary era in American history." One of my favorite films ever. If listening to the Apollo astronauts tell their tales while watching amazing footage of the Moon up close, you must see this show. Handily, it's all up on YouTube now! Here's part 1 (of 10):

It's pretty low-res, but you can also buy the DVD and the Blu-Ray disks if you want to watch it in high quality. Considering ordering it myself now that I'm thinking about it....

Oh, and more space-stuff: I was up before 8:00am today (physical therapy, Round Two) and saw an incredibly bright light in the sky. Venus is up! If you're awake before sunrise (and that doesn't mean too-stupid-early this time of year), look into the east. Venus is the object you can't miss. Check it out!

Tags: astronomy, the space age

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