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Awesome Mont Blanc Moonrise

Moon lighting up lenticular clouds behind Europe’s Mont Blanc.  Image from World Meteorological Organization.

Submitted By: Anthony Watts

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The Moon and the Earth From the ISS

From NASA.

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph while flying over Asia and looking southeast toward the horizon. Astronauts have unique opportunities to photograph Earth from various angles while orbiting in the thermosphere layer of Earth’s upper atmosphere.

In the foreground we see Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan. The lake’s main sources of water come from the Ili and Karatal (also Qaratal) Rivers. The Ili River Delta is a megafan deposit that forms a conical shape along the shores of Lake Balkhash. The cloud-covered Tian Shan Mountains of northwest China feed snowmelt waters to the Ili River and Lake Balkhash.

Set against the darkness of space, the Moon appears to hover over the landscape. Astronauts on the ISS see the same lunar phases as we do on the ground. The steep color gradient in the upper third of the photo marks the edge of Earth’s atmosphere and is known as the limb. The Moon does not have a gradually darkening limb because it lacks an atmosphere; the lunar limb appears simply as a sharp demarcation between the surface and the darkness of space.

Astronaut photograph ISS048-E-2035 was acquired on June 19, 2016, with a Nikon D4 digital camera using a 116 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by a member of the Expedition 48 crew. The image has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by Andrea Meado, Jacobs Technology, JETS Contract at NASA-JSC.

Instrument(s): 
ISS – Digital Camera
 Photo Courtesy of: NASA
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Super Moon over Lake Chatuautqua

This is a picture I took the morning of 12-3-17 at 6:30 AM of the Super Moon over Lake Chatuautqua located in Bemus Point, NY. I was walking my dog in the village by the  when I saw this image. Tom’s Point (the black area between the moon and the reflection off the water) is in the back on the horizon. Tom’s Point is part of the Chautauqua Lake State Fish and Wildlife Management Area. Tom’s Point, named for early settler Thomas Bemus, who ran the Bemus Point – Stow ferry 200 years ago, has a trail that leads out along the peninsula. The point is a glacial recessional moraine formed as Chautauqua Lake came into existence 15,000 years ago. (source of information for Tom’s Point, Grow WNY, WNY Environmental Alliance website)

Photo Credit: Rick Meder

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Trifecta! Moonrise, Sunrise and Rainbow

This photo captures the incredible essence of what it feels like to be stuck in a velvet Lisa Frank picture! The full moon was still hanging around while a storm passed through right over the rising sun. I feel like I witnessed something truly rare. 

Photo Credit: Lesley Singletary

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