Friday, October 19, 2007

Half Moon

Got a real cool shot of the Moon last night in its half Moon stage, the clouds were just right and gave a haunting mysterious look to the Moon, which is what the Moon is , haunting and mysterious. Interestingly enough the Moon had no color to it , couldn't saturate it at all, probably because of the fact there has been no solar activity lately. I marked off on the image below where Apollo 11 landed at the Mare Tranquillitatis or as we know it, The Sea Of Tranquility. July 20, 1969, Niel Armstrong was the first man to set foot onto the Lunar surface, below it is marked as a black circle on one of the images I took last night.

The Mars Society is now taking applications for mock Mars missions at their Mars Desert Research Station. Applications will be accepted from healthy people between the ages of 18-60, must be understood there will be hard work, no pay but eternal glory, all applicants must be willing to sign a liability waiver. The Mars Society has 4 mock Mars habitats, one in the Canadian Arctic, their Desert Research Station, one in the Australian outback and one in Iceland. They state, "In these Mars like environments, we will launch a program of extensive long duration geology and biology field exploration operations, conducted in the same style and under many of the same constraints as they would on the red planet. By doing so we will start the process of learning how to explore Mars". The Mars Society has many big sponsors including NASA. If I had the time and money I would so be there, want some of that eternal glory.

Tycho Crater is my latest feature saturated color Lunar image, again lots of red, I'm running out of images that have any color in them, it was cool while it lasted. I've mentioned this fact before but I'll say it again cause it's cool. One of Tycho's rays intersected the Apollo 17's landing site over 2,000 kms away, the crew gathered a sample of the ejecta and the age of Tycho was determined by that sample, 108 million years old. Tycho is the large crater just left of center with a central peak.

You aliens can run but you can't hide! The Allen Radio Telescope is now online and has started gathering data last week with it's 42 radio dishes. The array will eventually have 350 dishes and in the next couple decades will gather 1,000 times as much data as was gathered by SETI in the last 45 years. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft contributed 25 million dollars, another group of investors has contributed 25 million dollars and UC Berkeley and SETI are fund raising additional funds to complete the project. They estimate completion with all 350 dishes in place in just 3 years. Below is a YouTube video of the array in action.


Sharon said...

That first shot of the half-moon is just gorgeous - well done!

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Sharon, thanks a lot!

Anna said...

Wow, Bob I agree with Sharon, the first photo is just amazing, you tell me I am good, and how about you, good eye and good telescope. So the mission for Mars applications? well I think I can settle for the eternal glory, sound like a good payout. I will look into, lol. Great post as always. Anna :) ps I wrote small response on my blog to your comment about the customer service, not sure if anyone ever come back and reads comments, so just letting you know. Oh and I saw moon for few seconds last night and today is hiding behind the clouds, very windy here, but for those few seconds it looked nice, somehow different, not sure why I am saying that.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Anna thanks for the compliment, and yes you are good, you seem to be able to take advantage of the situation and have your camera there at the right time, I took a page out of your book and caught the pic, only lasted for a few minutes, I was lucky to get a few in decent focus, took about 40 shots to get a few good ones, then the time was over.

Anonymous said...

Bob, excellent shot of the half-moon with the clouds. Very artistic. Conjures up images of werewolves and vampires in this fervid brain of mine.:-)

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

The moon shot reminds me of winter to come. Cold and stark. Great photo!!!

DH wanted me to ask you if you watch "Corner Gas", a great TV show. We watch it on Canadian TV when it's on and also have DVDs of past seasons. Hilarious. We want to visit Dog River one day to see the set.

Are you going to go for the Mars application?

Hugs, JJ

Bob Johnson said...

Run with it Joderebe, the Moon screams poetry.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, I love Corner Gas, that and the Office are my two favorite comedies, if I had the time and money I would so be there filling out the app for the Mars mock mission.

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kml said...

Very spooky looking - just right for halloween!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks azliyana, I will take a look at your site.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Kathy, good point,lol

Susanne in Key West said...

Hi Bob,

that's a wonderful picture of the moon, talking about the first one. I love it, it's great!
This is another interesting post what I liked to read. :-)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Susanne!

DrowseyMonkey said...

Wow - that first shot is spoooooky. Very cool!

Bob Johnson said...

Hi drowsey, can I call you that,lol, looks like you won the poll.

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