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    Re: FW: The N )VA Crescent from a different angle
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jan 11, 17:44 -0800

    Hewitt, you wrote:
    "It seems to me the thing about watching the sun from the North Pole is its 
    altitude is the same as its declination. That is, on the say of the summer 
    solstice the sun's altitude would be 23.45�. It would circle the horizon at 
    that altitude, gradually declining day by day till the equinox when its 
    altitude would be 0�. That would be sunset. (Obviously, I'm ignoring 
    refraction)."
    
    Yes, and so the Moon could never be seen there in that orientation either. 
    It's intriguing to me that people happily forwarded this to one another 
    without ever considering WHY they think it shows the North Pole. I suppose 
    most people are under the impression that the view from exactly at the pole 
    must be unique, eery, or at least unusual. BTW, where's the workshop? Behind 
    the photographer? 
    
    And:
    "The moon being so large and the reflection in the water (ice?) indicate it's 
    a composite, but it is beautiful."
    
    Not even a composite. It's a pure digital fantasy. But here's an interesting 
    challenge: the next time the crescent moon is very close to a bright planet, 
    I propose attempting a real photo that duplicates as nearly as possible the 
    appearance of this digital image. Then we start a new email forwarding game 
    and see how many people happily assure us that, "as everybody knows," it's 
    not a real photo. For starters, what's the range of latitude where the horns 
    of the crescent moon can be exactly horizontal?
    
    -FER
    
    
    
    
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