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Moon Programme

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Doesn't look like being as good as I had hoped!

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Don’t forget the one on bbc4  at 10, not sure how good that’s going to be. 

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It's on BBC1 so about par for the course.

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Yes - I was thinking that!  The BBC 4 moon programme on now should be better :)  With Maggie :)

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12 hours ago, Gina said:

Doesn't look like being as good as I had hoped!

Agreed Gina. Big build up, lots of hype but the content was poor. There will be quite a few primary school children who know more moon stuff than shown last night. Appealing to the masses and making a watchable program is one thing, especially overcoming a perceived public  aversion to science topics, but I don't think its necessary to hold folks hands quite so much. However, perhaps if it encourages someone somewhere to take more interest in matters astronomical and follow it up then maybe I shouldn't whinge. 

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Talk about hype!! One of the poorest "science" offerings from the BBC in a long time.

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I found it not good at all but it did re ignite a question I have had for many years as to why we dont see the new Moon, there must be a way of imaging it...or not.

Alan

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There's the earth glow but the new moon is usually up in the daytime!

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Of course there's lots of images of the new Moon. Every picture of a Solar eclipse is a picture of the newest of new Moons.

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12 minutes ago, Ags said:

Of course there's lots of images of the new Moon. Every picture of a Solar eclipse is a picture of the newest of new Moons.

I agree but was wondering why it goes completely invisible rather than just difficult, after all you can image Stars and Planets quite easily during the day with a scope.

Alan

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1 hour ago, Alien 13 said:

why we dont see the new Moon, there must be a way of imaging it...or not.

It has been

APOD : https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap080808.html "Remarkably, features on the dark near side of the New Moon can also be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth. "

Jerry Lodriguss : http://www.astropix.com/eclipse/2017_Total_Solar_Eclipse_Earthshine.html

S&T : http://www.skyandtelescope.com/online-gallery/earthshine-during-the-2008-total-solar-eclipse/

 

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The moon has only 10% reflectivity so the earth glow will be very faint and dimmer than the reflection/dispersion from the atmosphere.  ie. the blue sky (what's that?) will be brighter than the moon.

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Admittedly the new moon at solar eclipse ( you dont get newer than that !) is a special case.

But I wonder if anyone has tried for it at other times ? Normally the game is to be the first to image the youngest moon, ie. the thin crescent when it is just hours old. The exposure to image the earth shine would grossly overexpose your desired new-new moon sliver ?

Dunno just thinking aloud !

 

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