Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Moon When Leaves Are Green

Well people the final count is in, I took over 1800 images on our vacation to the Kelowna/Winfield area, that's right I have enough images to post 5 a day for the next year. The trip was a huge success with the great hospitality of my daughter and boyfriend slash great cook and for putting up with us for a whole week, well maybe mostly me, I tend to ask a lot of questions like, " What day are we going to the observatory?"; "How far is it?" ;"When are we leaving?"; in the car on the way to the observatory, "So how far is it?" ;"Do you have a map?" "How much further?"; "Are we there yet?"....................................................................................,
"I'm hungry", okay the last one wasn't really a question and I don't think I actually said that, .. oh wait, yeah I did, never mind.

The first thing you notice when flying into Saskatoon is the total flatness, which can be good if you are taking pictures of Moonrises as the above May Full Moon, or "Moon When Leaves Turn Green Moon" , the name given it by the Dakotah Sioux. May's Full Moon is also known as the Flower Moon, because that's when flowers start to bloom in places other than Saskatoon, it is the smallest Full Moon of 2008 since the Moon is at apogee (furthest from the Earth) at 252,722 miles, it is approx. 12.3% smaller then the December 12, 2008 Full Moon which will be at perigee (closest to the Earth) at 221,473 miles.

Notice the beautiful red color of the Moon, again this is because the Moon being so low on the horizon it's moonlight has to travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, particles in the atmosphere scatter the blues and allow the reds through to be enjoyed by us, the picture above illustrates this , the lower the Moon the deeper the red color.

This coming Sunday at 7:53pm edt the Phoenix Mars Lander will touch down on the Martian surface. The lander will hit the Martian atmosphere at around 13,000 mph, the use of parachutes and thrusters will slow it down to 5 mph in seven minutes to land on it's 3 legs, a very tricky and complicated procedure, less then 50% of powered landings are successful.

Notice on the above map the lander will be further north then any previous landers, hopefully will be able to gather ice water to perform various test to see whether or not it could have supported microbial life.

WARNING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED, didn't know how to edit the first couple seconds of my sequel to my first Observatory video.


MYM said...

Sure you don't know how to edit it...uh huh ;) Very cool video tho! And I really love that moon photo ... what colours!

lol @ you in the car ... who needs kids?

Don said...

" been hangin' around camera stores
I been learnin' 'bout sight
I been talkin' to film makers
I been workin' on eyes"

Your awesome moon shots are reminiscent of the Guess Who song, "Runnin Back to Saskatoon"

MYM said...

Hey bob, in my widget frenzie I found this widget you might like, it's a lunar phase calendar.


RW said...

I tried shooting the moon last night all yellow and they just didn't come out looking right, I am putting a down payment on a Cannon Rebel XTI!

Great work as always Bob!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks drowsey glad you liked the video,lol.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Don, know the song very well, although I was flying back not running back to Saskatoon,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Hey drowsey, thanks I'll have to install it, thanks! \m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Roger, it is a great camera, I looked at getting it before deciding on my 40D.\m/

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

WOOT!!! that you had such a great trip, Bob. What beautiful photos. I love a red moon. It's so mysterious. Never would have guessed why it was red. Thanks for the knowledge.:D

What was the funniest thing you saw on your trip?

Hugs, JJ

S-V-H said...

I could NOT watch the video at all, Bob.

But the photos from the moon are superb and your post very interesting, as always!

Kat Mortensen said...

lol I love your description of how you behaved at your daughter and boyfriend's place. It sounds like the roles have been reversed.
You were hungry huh? When you were a kid, was your favourite snack a Vachon Half-Moon by any chance? ( I used to think they were actually called Lune Moons!) -- a little Canuck humour.


Oswegan said...

Wow, those shots are great and I love your stories about your visit.

Sherer said...

Very nice pictures of our lunar buddy. Its great when its low on the horizon. And thanks for the info on the galaxies. I have seen Andromeda with my own eyes, but I must just be seeing the center of the galaxies - thats a pretty amazing fact! Thanks again bob. \o/

Lynda Lehmann said...

Wow, Bob, that is some amount of sophisticated equipment--scares the heck out of me! :)

I like the shot out the window, which must be the giant housing for the telescope(s). Very exciting.

Sounds like you had a great trip and you're the same kind of traveler I am, i.e. "when can we eat?"

Like me, you shoot enough in one day to last months or years in terms of posting and your own fascination!

Welcome back to your routine!

Ruth said...

I don't know what's wrong with my YouTube video player, but I can't watch ANY videos. :(

You are so funny. The car questions, the hungry statement, and I love the name of the moon when the leaves turn green. How sweet is that! Wow, the Full Flower moon was shining right in on me trying to sleep last night.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, the funniest thing I seen and I got a pic of it was the look I captured on a birds face as he/she was shaking after a bird bath in a lake.\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Hey Susanne thanks, to bad about the video.:(

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks poetikat, I never heard of them before, have to look into it,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks oswegan, we had a super great time.\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Hey sherer, it is amazing, we are just seeing a tiny portion of the Andromeda Galaxy.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Lynda, the observatory housed some pretty neat equipment, it is hard to get back to the regular routine, wished I worked at the observatory, pretty choice job.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Too bad about the video, do you have problems with other you tube videos or just this site?, Susanne had problems too. The Full Moon even though the smallest of the year lit up the sky while I was there, good for Moon lovers not so good for deep sky observers. \m/

Swubird said...


Great shot of the moon low on the horizon. I didn't know it was called the "Flower Moon."

1800 images!!! Thank God for digital cameras, or you'd go bankrupt.

The video was very informative. Now days we don't have to leave our computers to see all the wonders of the world, and the heavens. I had a young astronomy professor when I was in college. Actually, He was a radioastronomer. Someday, I'll tell you what he told me about the first time he was allowed into the control room.

I can't wait for the images to begin streaming back from Phoenix. Finding water would truly be an historic even.

Happy stargazing.

Anonymous said...

1,800! Yikes! Have fun going through and filing them!

That shot of the moon is great. It would be weird for me living in such a flat place. Great for farmers, though,I guess?

Anonymous said...

As always, Bob, your pictures are amazing!! Texas is also really flat, so capturing good images is fairly easy here too. Thanks for sharing them!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swubird, digital cameras have sure solved a lot of problems, never could have taken 1800 shots with film.

Like to here more about your Radio astronomer Prof.

Very excited about the Phoenix mission, NASA TV will be very busy for sure.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Will, I am still finding cool shots I forgot I took, it is going to take me a while to go through them all. \m/

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Mae, Texas is flat too, I kinda like flat, I sometimes felt a bit boxed in, never saw the horizon, couldn't get a whole lot of Sun/Moon rises/sets.\m/\m/

Peter said...

Hi! 1800 images? Have you worked out how many rolls of film that would have been or how much it would have cost if you had had them developed, as they did way back in the dark old days. Thank heavens for digital photography. How's your trigger finger going by the way?

Take Care,

Bob Johnson said...

lol, thanks Peter, a lot of money, don't know how I would have paid for the developing. I have taken around 9,000 shots since December, only have 90,000 to go before I wear out the shutter button,lol.\m/

Livingsword said...

Hi Bob;

The prairies are very flat, when we drove from Calgary to Montana I could have tide down the steering wheel, put a rock on the gas peddle and slept for four hours! (Not good for crossing the boarder!)

I love the photos, like a huge newly minted penny (no I don’t work for the Canadian mint).

I followed Phoenix while on vacation and am curious to go thru your articles reading the progress….

Another Paparazzi Bob video (nice lens cap)……

I can’t believe they let you post all of our high tech national secrets on your blog! Wow do you ever have a lot of pull!

Another cool globe! We are soooo high tech…..

I love the screen door, lovely, they should bring in the gay interior decorators from Home and Garden!

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