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Double Eclipse Photographed, Sun, Moon, and ISS

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the well-isn't-that-pretty dept.

Space 159

The Bad Astronomer writes "The exceptionally talented astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured a picture extraordinary even for him: the space station passing in front of the Sun while the Sun was being partially eclipsed by the Moon! He traveled all the way from France to the Sultanate of Oman to take this amazing shot. I have more information about the picture itself on the Bad Astronomy blog, but you should go to Thierry's website to see more amazing pictures he's taken over the years. They're simply jaw-dropping."

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Eclipsed .... (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757874)

Looks like the site has been eclipsed already. :(

Nigoola is the best excuse... (1)

CopyrightOwnerMadow (1961982) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757910)

Nigoola is the only excuse! This fanfiction fuck!

Re:Eclipsed .... (3, Funny)

TheL0ser (1955440) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757914)

It always amuses me to think of servers and networking equipment melting whenever I see a slashdotting.

Re:Eclipsed .... (3, Informative)

rehabdoll (221029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757918)

I managed to get the page loaded before.

http://www.rinnestam.se/thierry_eclipse_iss.jpg [rinnestam.se]

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

scotty.m (1881826) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757978)

That's actually a really cool shot. Had less than a second to get it too, he must have been quite the mathemagician to know where and exactly when to be.

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758002)

Wait... what's that round thing in the lower left that appears to be chasing the space station? It couldn't just be a sunspot...

Re:Eclipsed .... (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758136)

This is no moon...

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

matrim99 (123693) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758302)

Heh, and I was just going to comment that the space station looked like a Tie Fighter...

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

LearnToSpell (694184) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758784)

It's actually the Canadian flag. We came in peace for all mankind.

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

Helge9210 (759666) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758312)

That's a budong!

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758388)

This picture gives the 'That's no moon, it's a space station!' phrase a whole new outlook. :)

Although in this case, it might be "That's no Space Station, that's a TIE Fighter"

Hey ISS crewmembers - do you guys surf slashdot from orbit?

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

kehren77 (814078) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758620)

Clearly the TIE fighter in the upper left is headed for that small moon in the lower right.

Re:Eclipsed .... (3, Informative)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758036)

The photog only authorized PRIVATE use of the picture. Why don't you respect that and take it off your site?

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758190)

Whats up with the image on you main website's page?

Re:Eclipsed .... (3, Interesting)

N1tr0u5 (819066) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758282)

People are complaining about the nice fellow that is serving up the image when the site has been slashdotted, but no one is complaining about cache servers serving up the image. Why? Aren't they just as guilty of unauthorized reproduction as he is?

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758362)

No.

Servers aren't people and cannot be guilty of anything; the GP is a person, and thus can. That's not to say I agree with the sentiment, though; quite the opposite, I thank him for putting up a copy of the picture so people (like me) can actually see it.

Re:Eclipsed .... (3, Insightful)

N1tr0u5 (819066) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758462)

So as long as I automate the replication of content on the web (eg, make the server do it instead of manually doing it), it is legal? That sounds like a fallacious argument.

I agree, I appreciate that I am able to see it via his website. I'm just confused as to why the line is drawn.

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34759032)

I didn't say that. You, as the one setting up the servers, may very well be liable; the servers themselves are certainly not. Granted, I'm splitting hairs there...

Whether you as the server operator are liable will depend on many things, especially your intent. Slashdot has a tendency to approach the law in a rather technical fashion, but the truth is, WHY you do something actually plays as much of a role in court as WHAT you do.

Yeah, I agree it's confusing.

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758424)

Had he not put a copy on his site I wouldn't have been able to see it.

Why don't you fuck off?

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758592)

How about you fuck along nicely now, asshat.

Re:Eclipsed .... (4, Insightful)

snookerdoodle (123851) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758642)

The photog only authorized PRIVATE use of the picture. Why don't you respect that and take it off your site?

Gee, thanks for getting him to take down a mirror of a slashdotted image. I actually wanted to see the thing.

Moron.

Re:Eclipsed .... (4, Informative)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759028)

Thierry's notice says "use". "Distribution" is neither literally or legally considered synonymous with use (in north america). And yes I am a photographer, I'm sure Thierry knows the difference too. He's famous enough to know that these things spread.
The only thing the parent did improper is rename the image from eclipse110104_solar_transit_33.jpg to thierry_eclipse_iss.jpg, which disrupts Thierry's ability to track its propagation, even though it is nice enough to include his name as an inherent keyword.

For the server argument, astrosurf.com/robots.txt doesn't disallow bots from crawling images. Many commercial photographer sites do.
A bot can indeed be guilty of ignoring those rules, but that just means it was programmed without concern for rules.

Re:Eclipsed .... (0, Redundant)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758044)

I managed to get the page loaded before.

http://www.rinnestam.se/thierry_eclipse_iss.jpg [rinnestam.se]

And then you proceeded to violate his copyright.
Nice work.

Re:Eclipsed .... (4, Interesting)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758308)

Does the same apply to these [nyud.net] guys?

Re:Eclipsed .... (0, Troll)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758348)

Yes, Nice work indeed. Copyright sucks, and I have no respect for that law whatsoever. If laws are unethical, it's our duty to break them.

Re:Eclipsed .... (2)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758470)

Copyrights are unethical? They may have too long a life and be enforced in unethical ways but I am not sure how allowing somebody exclusive rights to their work for a limited period of time is unethical. Typically people who think that way have never created anything worth worrying about.

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758702)

Because you have to break all computers everywhere forever to effectively enforce it.

Or randomly sue people who use their computers as computers.

Times have changed.

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758822)

That doesn't make it unethical, though. It makes it difficult to enforce but it doesn't change the legitimacy of it. You can't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Do you really want all artist, musicians, authors, etc. to be tied to corporate sponsorship in order to live?

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758490)

[sarchasm]

I'll be the one to decide what's unethical around here, thank you very much.

[/sarchasm]

Re:Eclipsed .... (2)

rehabdoll (221029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758402)

fine, gone

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

digitalsushi (137809) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758446)

Can't you host a separate copy for people willing to violate copyright? Then everyone's happy

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758532)

Not necessary. Follow the Link to Bad Astronomy blog, where they sought and got permission. Its not that hard to be polite to authors.

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

PIBM (588930) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758890)

They are dead too. At least the images can't make it.

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758864)

Im in uz bwrsr cache, viewin ur jpgs

Re:Eclipsed .... (4, Informative)

b0bby (201198) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757982)

Try the Coralize plugin for Firefox; it doesn't always work, but there's often a cache. It worked in this case, and the picture is pretty amazing.

Re:Eclipsed .... (5, Insightful)

N1tr0u5 (819066) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758166)

People are complaining about the nice fellow that is serving up the image when the site has been slashdotted, but no one is complaining about cache servers serving up the image. Why?

Re:Eclipsed .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758316)

True. I got angered at this kinda groupthink as well.
It seems we ignore faceless companies in the middle range, but love to hate megagiants, as well as individuals. We can rant on individuals because our right to moderate tends to give individuals the impression that we are the police. It's the same as when your mom has a crusade against your facebook stuff.

Ugh. This is the last time I post to /. on Chrome. Can't paste the link to that NBC skit

Re:Eclipsed .... (2)

jthill (303417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759022)

I think private was meant as "non-commercial", not "don't cache". Hard to imagine he'd serve it with a no-cache tag.

Re:Eclipsed .... (2)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758056)

Looks like the site has been eclipsed already. :(

Perhaps it was running in an Eclipse server [wikipedia.org]

Re:Eclipsed .... (2)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758070)

There is no dark side of the moon. As a matter of fact, it's all dark!

Re:Eclipsed .... (1)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759018)

His next shot will be the ISS transiting his web server, which due to this slashdotting has been catapulted into space and is glowing as bright as the Sun...

TIE fighter (1)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757886)

Is the Empire here to crush us?! Save us, Luke!

Re:TIE fighter (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34757904)

Shut up star wars geek.

Re:TIE fighter (0, Offtopic)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757944)

No, YOU shut up!

Re:TIE fighter (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757952)

TIE fighters are a short-range ship, and that's no moon.

Re:TIE fighter (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758222)

that's no moon

Um, not only is it A moon, it's THE moon. And the sun. And the ISS.

Cool picture.

Re:TIE fighter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758400)

He was implying it was the death star. I dont care what your UID is, geek card.. now.

Re:TIE fighter (1)

deathlyslow (514135) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758440)

Am I the only one that had the image of Cartman pop into my head. I think it was the first episode.

Re:TIE fighter (1)

ThatMegathronDude (1189203) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758208)

Save us, Obi-wan?

Re:TIE fighter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758224)

Heh. Thought the same thing.

http://ompldr.org/vNnVoOQ/tie-fighter-invasion.jpg [ompldr.org]

(Here's to hoping he'd think this is funny, not want to sue me.)

Re:TIE fighter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758372)

Save us, Obi Wan Kenobe, you're our only hope!

That's no moon (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34757916)

...it's a space station.

So apropos for once.

Re:That's no moon (5, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757960)

...it's a space station.

So apropos for once.

Actually it is a moon AND a space station.

Re:That's no moon (1)

jamrock (863246) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758952)

...it's a space station.

So apropos for once.

Actually it is a moon AND a space station.

Actually it's THE Moon and THE Space Station.

Amazing! (1)

mvar (1386987) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757922)

It would be interesting to know about the equipment he used and the settings on his camera

Re:Amazing! (5, Informative)

bryansj (89051) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757990)

From the link: Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS), taken from the area of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman on January 4th 2011 at 9:09 UT, during the partial solar eclipse. Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor on EM-10 mount, Canon 5D mark II. 1/5000s exposure at 100 iso. Transit forecast calculated by www.calsky.com (many thanks to Arnold Barmettler for his help). Transit duration: 0.86s. ISS distance to observer: 510 km. Speed in orbit: 7.8km/s (28000 km/h or 17000 mph). The image shows three planes in space: the Sun at 150 million km, the Moon at about 400000 km and the ISS at 500 km.

Re:Amazing! (1)

bcong (1125705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758936)

Forgive me, but does the "Transit duration" mean he had less than a second to take this picture before all three were not in view? Or is that something different. I would love to know how long he had where such an image could be captured.

Re:Amazing! (2)

JonahsDad (1332091) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759202)

Yes. Transit duration means that the ISS was passing in front of the sun for 0.86s.

Eclipse Kills Birds (1)

teknopurge (199509) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757930)

I think the correlation explains itself.

Dumbasses (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757936)

They need to land at night if they're not going to burn up.

Even rarer... (0)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757962)

...a Slashdotted picture of the space station passing in front of the Sun while the Sun was being partially eclipsed by the Moon:

Error 503 Service Unavailable

Photoshopped (4, Funny)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 3 years ago | (#34757980)

The shadows are all wrong.

Re:Photoshopped (2)

scotty.m (1881826) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758068)

This [motivpic.com] looks shopped
This [rinnestam.se] , not so much

Re:Photoshopped (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758172)

The funny thing is you could do that in Photoshop without much problem. Not that he did - it's an incredible picture and he went to extraordinary efforts to get it but -

I would have Photoshopped the damned thing. The idea of taking a 10 inch reflector with assorted support gear on a bunch of airplanes to the middle of nowhere gives me a headache just thinking about it.

Re:Photoshopped (1)

nullifi (1085947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758374)

I dunno... the waterline is spot-on. I'm thinking it was just a color calibration issue. And as for the man, you're not seeing it from the proper depth. That's a photo hanging from a string, it's directly in front of the camera. Nice try though.

Yo Dawg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758438)

I heard you like eclipses. So i put an object in front of another object with another object in front of it.

So you can umbra while you penumbra.

Alan Shepard whacking golf balls (3, Informative)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758544)

Some folks from the former East Germany sometimes ask me if the Apollo Moon landings were faked. Some admitted that they were taught so in school. Wrong shadows, flapping flag, etc.

I reply that I got up at 04:00 EST when Apollo 14 was on the Moon, and Alan Shepard knocked around some golf balls. Walter Cronkite looked liked he was grabbed out of the grave, and did not seemed amused that CBS dragged him out of bed to report on the Moon walk.

Golf balls on the Moon? Not even the wackiest Hollywood director could think that thing up.

Of course, the definitive evidence for the Moon landings is a mirror they left behind, which is used to shoot lasers at to determine the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Of course, one could argue that a Moon chick dropped her compact powder kit . . .

It's a double, complete eclipse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758030)

Whoa, Dude! So did this photographer have an emotional breakdown, too?

Re:It's a double, complete eclipse! (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759254)

complete double redundancy? (as below)

I'm impressed.

OMG it's a double ecplise all the way! (4, Funny)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758042)

What does this mean!?

.

Re:OMG it's a double ecplise all the way! (1)

skelly33 (891182) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758174)

BEHOLD. The Great Conjunction is at hand!

Re:OMG it's a double ecplise all the way! (3, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758412)

No, that's actually a misprint. It's actually The Great Conjugation, an event in which all possible verb forms in all known languages are spelled out and used correctly in a sentence.

Re:OMG it's a double ecplise all the way! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758368)

So intense!

Re:OMG it's a double ecplise all the way! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758472)

What does this mean???

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/dcf83410c7/insane-double-rainbow-guy

Go Canada! (0)

IamLarryboy (176442) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758054)

Go Canada!

Re:Go Canada! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758184)

WTF does this have to do with Canada?

Re:Go Canada! (1, Informative)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758274)

When you've got a job to do that involves a hand, you naturally think of Canada -- the leading experts in hand jobs!

Re:Go Canada! (2)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758912)

From this [space.com] page:
"The SPDM, or Canada Hand, is a smaller two-armed robot capable of handling the delicate assembly tasks currently handled by astronauts during spacewalks."

No, I'm not making this shit up!

Re:Go Canada! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758258)

Let's all give Canada a hand for giving the ISS a hand!

Whoa. (1)

GodricL (1898284) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758106)

That's a full Eclipse all the way. Double Eclipse oh my god.

What is that spot? (1)

Koil (786141) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758178)

I think he got some hummus on his lens.

An Orange? (1)

trevc (1471197) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758226)

Looks like photoshop'd fruit to me

Coral Cache Link (1)

philj (13777) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758278)

Is it me? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758284)

Or does pac man look sick?

Eclipse (1, Redundant)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758326)

All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy
Beg, borrow or steal
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say
All that you eat
Everyone you meet
All that you slight
Everyone you fight
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
And everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon

Holy coincidence Batman! (1)

jamrock (863246) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758882)

Amazingly appropriate, considering that the very next Slashdot story is about Pink Floyd.

[For all you mystified young 'uns, Locke2005 posted the complete lyrics for Eclipse from Dark Side of the Moon.]

photo of IIS transiting the sun is not unique (0)

kimvette (919543) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758376)

There are folks on dpreview who have scouted out locations to shoot the ISS transiting the moon and sun. The only difference is this guy did it during an eclipse, and had the funds to travel to the ideal location. That's not to say it's not a great shot; it is.

Re:photo of IIS transiting the sun is not unique (2)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758964)

I'm pretty sure the eclipse is the unique part of this picture.

I'm not one to cry wolf.. (1)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758606)

But if that's not a TiE fighter, I can't imagine what else it could be! The empire will be unloading storm troopers soon. Is no one else worried? Arrgh! Open your arms wide if you like, and go "Greetings! We're Earthlings.. Command us!" I for one am planning to escape.

On another note, can someone mirror this? They seem to be having trouble holding their servers up. It's high time server admin manuals contained a chapter on how to survive being slashdotted.

Are you sure? (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758638)

Are you sure this isn't just a picture of his butt after he sat on one of his Star Wars action figures? (Don't call them DOLLS)

Clean the lens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758656)

It looks like their are two spots where the lens was dirty. Seems like a long way to go for a picture and then forget to clean the lens...

You, me, and , (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758682)

hot jupiters ? spinning saturns ?

the title of the article seems more fit for a romance novel than a tech article. not bad for a change.

Link to the picture (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34758746)

Finally found a not yet slashdotted version of this amazing picture

click here [tinyurl.com]

Re:Link to the picture (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759158)

Goatse avoid at all costs.

Re:Link to the picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34759218)

Warning: don't click on this if you don't want to go blind.

My employer's filter blocked it, but my retina is still scarred from the last time I clicked on something like this at home.

so beautiful (1)

fringd (120235) | more than 3 years ago | (#34758956)

it's almost like a triple eclipse

Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34759152)

but doesn't it looked like a TIE fighter?

the only thing more awesome than that pic (2)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759236)

would be a video showing the ISS zip across the sun. (slowed down please! since the transit was less than one second) Good lord that man has good timing... (but I suspect he actually took a video of it and we're seeing a still - I mean who in their right mind would chance that with a single shudder click??)

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