Moon to cros Orion's belt

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Moon to cros Orion's belt

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:30 am

The Moon will cross Orion's belt from 2025 GMT to 2312. Exact timing could vary up to 2 minutes, depending on location. If it's clear I'll post a photograph.
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Re: Moon to cros Orion's belt

Postby Aratus » Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:33 pm

That will take some doing, but if anyone can post a photo of that, I'm sure you can.
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Re: Moon to cros Orion's belt

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:42 pm

Aratus wrote:That will take some doing, but if anyone can post a photo of that, I'm sure you can.


It can be done with a bit of digital wizardry!
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Re: Moon to cross Orion's belt

Postby Aratus » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:56 pm

Everything is now-a-days!

The moon appearing in Orion's belt is a pretty rare event. It is mostly dependent on the position of the sun. This year, being a leap year, means this happens on the 92nd day of the year. That alignment is crucial. I'm all clouded out here, but I hope lots of other people go out tonight and take a look. Seeing Orion wearing the moon as a sort of heavyweight champion belt will be worth seeing.
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Re: Moon to cros Orion's belt

Postby Supercooper » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:26 am

LOL - I wish I'd thought of that! :o)

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Moon to cross Orion's belt

Postby Aratus » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:35 pm

Despite the cloud I was able to obtain an image of this rare stellar meeting.
Some will of course point out that the moon was a waning crescent yesterday evening and hadn't even risen when Orion was still in the sky, but then again some people are too put off by an astronomical challenge!
Image

The image was taken on 01/04/16 with an iso of 104 and an exposure of 1/4 sec ! :D

Thank you Phil for bringing it to our attention.
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Re: Moon to cross Orion's belt

Postby Supercooper » Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:38 pm

Hey,

That SCT of yours is brilliant! Not only does it show the Moon in a position it can't possibly get into but it has increased it's angular size to 5 degrees!

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Moon to cross Orion's belt

Postby Aratus » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:06 pm

It's a special barlow lens between the camera and the SCT. It gives a forced perspective effect increasing the angular size of nearer objects thus making the moon appear bigger than it really is. If I had taken the shot normally the moon whould look no bigger than Orion's belly button! (We'll keep any further technical details until next April 1st ! :D )
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