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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday July 05 2015, @05:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the kinda-makes-you-feel-small dept.

In an article from 9 News Australia, photographer Dylan O'Donnel gives us a stunning view of the ISS against the backdrop of the moon.

With the space station rocketing around the Earth at approximately 27,600 km/h, astrophotograher Dylan O'Donnell had less than a second to capture the incredible moment using his telescope and digital camera.

In this image, the space station was roughly 400km above Mr O'Donnell's home town of Byron Bay in New South Wales, but even at this distance, the distinct shape and features of the orbital outpost are clearly visible, including its solar panels and various pressurised modules.

The original hi-resolution photo can be found here.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Sunday July 05 2015, @08:26PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 05 2015, @08:26PM (#205363) Homepage Journal

    As a one-time amateur photographer - yes, it is a damned good photo. The man obviously spent a good deal of time and effort to capture that image, and it's an image that I couldn't capture today, with the equipment I have availabe.

    But, I object to the use of the word "stunning" in the article. Images like this will become more and more common as time passes. Or, I certainly HOPE they do! Great pic, but "stunning"? Sorry, folks, but it doesn't measure up to my imagination, or that of any other long time Sci-Fi addict.

    This video is a little closer to "stunning", but I shy away from the use of such descriptors . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6goNzXrmFs [youtube.com]

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Monday July 06 2015, @12:22PM

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Monday July 06 2015, @12:22PM (#205587) Homepage
    Did it really not make you take pause to appreciate the skill, knowledge, and patience required to capture such a great shot? Even if you pause enough to think to yourself "oh my, that's very good, I wonder what camera and lens was used", I think the word "stunning" may rightly apply.

    That Wernquist movie is only stunning as in "stunningly bad". The claimer (I'm neologising there, it's the opposite of a disclaimer) at the start of the movie is a deceitful and deliberate lie. Nowhere in the universe is the middle-east wrapped around the inside of a huge pipe. And Sagan's parochial spiel is embarassing, as it's borderline racist.
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    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday July 06 2015, @03:17PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 06 2015, @03:17PM (#205656) Homepage Journal

      Methinks you are arguing for the sake of argument. I specifically noted the quality of the photo. In my professinal life, as well as my amateur life, I often note a person's skill and professionalism, without being stunned by it. Sharks are in the news these days. You hook one, play him, reel him in, and smack him in the head with a paddle, or a hammer. He is STUNNED. I've not had that problem when admiring people's work - I can still breathe, think, move, talk. Now, I have seen some stunningly beautiful women who left me speechless. THAT is stunning!

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      • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Monday July 06 2015, @03:45PM

        by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Monday July 06 2015, @03:45PM (#205677) Homepage
        Methinks is was you who started the argument by saying that the photo wasn't stunning. Presumably for the sake of argument. Don't turn round, you might stun an innocent passer-by when you clonk them with that plank in your eye.
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    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday July 06 2015, @03:21PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 06 2015, @03:21PM (#205661) Homepage Journal

      Alright, I'll bite. Racist? Really, racist? Are you a SJW or something? You'll have to explain that racism thing in terms that neanderthals and dinosaurs can understand. Lacking any such explanation, I'll presume that you are a professional offense taker.

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      • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Monday July 06 2015, @03:43PM

        by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Monday July 06 2015, @03:43PM (#205673) Homepage
        We know from your posting history that you don't even consider bearing fruit on southern trees to be racist, so there's no way I'd expect you to pick up the subtle implications in the Sagan script. I'll throw you some chum though - look for the bit that is most parochial.
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