Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Today the solstice occurs at 23:38 Universal Time, the Sun reaching its southernmost declination in planet Earth’s sky. Of course, the December solstice marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the south. When viewed from northern latitudes, and as shown in the above horizontally compressed image, the Sun will make its lowest arc through the sky along the southern horizon. So in the north, the solstice day has the shortest length of time between sunrise and sunset and fewest hours of daylight. This striking composite image follows the Sun’s path through the December solstice day of 2005 in a beautiful blue sky, looking down the Tyrrhenian Sea coast from Santa Severa toward Fiumicino, Italy.

The view covers about 115 degrees in 43 separate, well-planned exposures from sunrise to sunset.

What a striking shot!

I can only applaud the planning and dedication that went into making this shot knowing that I would never have the patience required – I might be able to the planning bit, but I would never want to sit / stand / whatever in that spot from sunrise to sunset to get the photo.

 

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3 Responses to Astronomy Picture of the Day

  1. Kzinti says:

    That is indeed a cool shot1

  2. tom says:

    can you tell me how you took the picture, camera ,lenz, settings, film? and can this be done with a reg home camera? thank you

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