Bisecting the Moonrise

Richard Hagen’s rocket, flying on a Aerotech J500G motor, created a wonderful night light over the Black Rock Desert playa.


edit: Regarding the overlay notes about the random color pixels; digital astronomy photography becomes an exercise in the statistics of noise. The high-end photographers liquid cool their sensors and build images from a large number of relatively short exposure shots. For bright objects, like the local planets, they integrate an image from video. It's fascinating, and totally out of my league. This is just a single digital exposure, no Photoshop, and I suspect you are seeing pixels of noise. But I like the aspirational explantions more...


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Taken on July 19, 2008
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