Sun and Moon

This landed up in my in box this morning;

A scene you will probably never get to see, so take a moment and enjoy God at work at the North Pole.
This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point. And you also see the sun below the moon.
An amazing photo and not one easily duplicated.

North Pole Moon

Wow! This is a really lovely picture. But it is not real! Here are a few reasons why this is not possibly a real photograph;

Firstly, is that a land mass I see? The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, amidst waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice. The sea ice of the north pole is approximately two to three meters thick. It is only in recent years that the rise in ocean temperatures has led to stretches of water being exposed by moving ice floes.

The second reason for this image not being possible on Earth is purely mathematical;

The sun’s diameter is 1,392,000 km. The sun will appear 3,7% smaller at perihelion (point closest to earth) then at aphelion (point farthest from the earth).

The moon’s diameter is 1,737.10km. The moon will appear 14% larger at perigee (point closest to the earth) then at apogee (point farthest from earth).

Therefore, using the simple comparison of the ratios of apparent size, the moon appears 14% larger, the sun 3.7% smaller.
That yields relative apparent difference of 17.7% when viewed from earth…
No where even close to the 12 times (or 1200%) increase that would be needed to create such a spectacular view.

The truth behind this image;

The image is in fact a work by artist Inga Nielsen. The image, called “Hideaway” can be viewed on the artist’s website.

The image was created using a scenery generator program called Terragen™


2 responses to “Sun and Moon

  1. hey ange! great site, i’ll send you all my bogus stuff from now on:P have an awesome weekend!

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