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#1 raydar

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 08:40 AM

I shot this photo on Monday night. It is a 30 minute exposure of The Southern Cross.

This comet looking object appeared and lingered for an hour in the sky.

Does anyone know what it is?

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#2 ClownFish

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 08:56 AM

wo.... I think that may a near head-on meteor?

What a fantastic capture! If it is a meteor, this is another for Astro Photo of the day!!!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:04 AM

If it lingered for an hour it must have been gaseous in nature. Meteor or small icy body that burned out in the upper atmosphere?

Clownfish: Would a sattelite retro burn lurk around that long? And be that large? That's a huge area of the sky it's present over, about 10 degrees or so? Surely it would disperse?

I've seen meteors fly through that region, but never any satellites, though I guess there must be polar synchronous satellites.

(Edited to add: I'm ashamed to say it took me 3 minutes to find Crux there. *draws with toe in the sand* )

i'm stumped!
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#4 Tim in GA

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:09 AM

See here.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:11 AM

I thought about the sat retro, but then again I do not think this is that.

The total exposure was 30 minutes, but a meteor flash would only be a second or two, while the trail could lingure on a while longer.. but an hour?

I think it's a near edge on meteor, starting at the fine end and then the vapor trail drifting off slightly causing the fuzy end. I do not know what would cause this thing to stay visible for an hour.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:13 AM

WOoHoo!!!! Thanks Tim!

Now do I feel like a fool! BOOM!!!!

AWSOME catch Ray!!! That's a world class, once' in a life-time catch!!! Amazing!!!! Have the Russians contacted you yet?

:bow: :waytogo: :bow:

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#7 Tim in GA

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:15 AM

No problem. That's a very cool shot Ray!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:23 AM

Outstanding!

#9 Jeremy@za

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:31 AM

Heh, cool. Awesome catch, Ray :)

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:32 AM

Now also on Space Weather! Congrats!

Cheers :applause:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:38 AM

That's right up there with Paul Rix's Space Station / Shuttle shot... Fantastic!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:50 AM

:bow:

Awesome shot.

I would have that enlarged and professionally framed to hang on the observatory wall.

:waytogo:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 12:09 PM

Amazing!!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:07 PM

Beautiful shot, wow!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:18 PM

Wow,

Nice Picture, very impressive.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 03:08 PM

The odds of catching such a photograph are incalculable ... once a lifetime, to be generous. Wow!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 03:58 PM

Wow! Freaking outstanding!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 04:45 PM

Giggle.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 05:29 PM

Amazing catch :bow: :jawdrop: :bow:

As Mike G said, print it and hang it on a wall.

Regards,

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 05:37 PM

It would be a nice shot anyway but what a lucky bugger hey.
I spose these things are happening more often now theres more junk in space.
Good job!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 06:18 PM

Amazing! :waytogo:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 06:32 PM

:D Bravo! :cool:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:47 PM

Incredible image, simply amazing

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:16 PM

Awesome job :waytogo:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:21 PM

Absolutely terrific shot Ray! Good to know you didn't decide to image something else that night huh?

:bow: :waytogo:


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