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Blue Moon in Scorpius!

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, May 19, 2019.

Blue Moon in Scorpius!

Started by Orion25 on May 19, 2019 at 3:58 PM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Blue Moon in Scorpius! The third of four full moons in a given season is called a "blue moon", and this one is passing through the constellation of Scorpius, the scorpion, or Nanaboujou, the warrior in Ojibwe skylore.

    ASTRONOMY - MOON - FULL BLUE MOON IN SCORPIUS (COMPOSITE) 5-19-19.jpg
    ASTRONOMY - MOON - FULL BLUE MOON IN SCORPIUS (COMPOSITE) 5-19-19 CAPTION.jpg

    The moon is illuminating the scorpion's stinger! Watch out!
    Reggie ;)
     
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  2. Mak the Night

    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    Great picture Reggie. I've just been looking at the Humbolt crater dramatically highlighted on the limb. It makes the Moon look like the Death Star in Star Wars lol. I can see the 'hare' in the Moon in your picture. The Moon Hare is important in some Celtic mythologies and is probably the origin of the Easter Bunny. Its ears are the Sea of Crises and the head and front paws are the Sea of Tranquillity and the Sea of Fecundity I think.

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    I had a good Tuesday session last week from twilight to about 23:00 with my 127mm Mak.

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    Thanks, Mak. I can see the Death Star and the hare, too. That's interesting about the Moon Hare; you know how much I love sky lore. I'm happy the clouds parted and you were able to get in some good observing. Nice set up in your pic!
     
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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was the Humboldt crater last night doing a 'Death Star' impression. I was looking to see if Petavius was near enough the terminator to highlight the rille, but it wasn't.

    humbolt.jpg

    This Moon Atlas image doesn't really show how dramatically silhouetted it was but it gives an idea. I've never seen it that distinct before. I think the Moon has a 178 year nutation and libration cycle so it's impossible to see it exactly the same twice. Unless you're a long-lived Vulcan or something lol. It always fascinates me that I almost always see something I've never seen before.

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    The set-up in the pictures is my 127mm SkyMax. It actually came with the AZ5 mount/tripod included but I normally use it on the Porta II. It's a bit more grab'n'go like this. I've developed more range and dexterity in my right arm and hand so it is a bit easier to set up and manipulate on the AZ5. I can actually set it up fairly rapidly now but it still has at least a 40 minute cool down.
     
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    Some more atlas pictures of Humboldt at about 00:30 British Summer Time 20/5/2019

    Earth observed view ~

    humbolt centre arrow copy.jpg

    Overhead 'astronaut' view ~

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