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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The image below is truly stunning.

I received it via an email with the following text:

This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point,
a scene you will probably never get to see in person.

And, you also see the sun below the moon, an amazing photo and not one easily duplicated.

You may want to pass it on to others so they can enjoy it.

The Chinese have a saying that goes something like this:

'When someone shares with you something of value,
you have an obligation to share it with others!'
I just did.. Your turn

Before reading my comments below the photograph, think about your reaction to the graphic.

When I saw it I thought that it was a beautiful image but was immediately aware that it was not a photograph.

The give away is that the crescent of the moon is very much larger than the sun. This is physically impossible as the sun and the moon appear the same size from the vantage point of the Earth. Solar eclipses show this similarity in apparent size clearly.

In reality this beautiful piece of art was produced by Inga Nielsen at the Gate to Nowhere site. (Unfortunately for mono-lingual people like me the site is in German.) The name of the work is Hideaway.

Hideaway can be found here on Neilsen's site. Note that is is found in a directory called Terragen. Terragen is software which "is a powerful solution for rendering and animating realistic natural environments". The software can be downloaded from this site.

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