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Double Eclipse Photographed, Sun, Moon, and ISS 159

The Bad Astronomer writes "The exceptionally talented astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured a picture extraordinary even for him: the space station passing in front of the Sun while the Sun was being partially eclipsed by the Moon! He traveled all the way from France to the Sultanate of Oman to take this amazing shot. I have more information about the picture itself on the Bad Astronomy blog, but you should go to Thierry's website to see more amazing pictures he's taken over the years. They're simply jaw-dropping."
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Double Eclipse Photographed, Sun, Moon, and ISS

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  • Re:Eclipsed .... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by N1tr0u5 ( 819066 ) on Tuesday January 04, 2011 @05:10PM (#34758166)
    People are complaining about the nice fellow that is serving up the image when the site has been slashdotted, but no one is complaining about cache servers serving up the image. Why?
  • Re:Eclipsed .... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by N1tr0u5 ( 819066 ) on Tuesday January 04, 2011 @05:34PM (#34758462)
    So as long as I automate the replication of content on the web (eg, make the server do it instead of manually doing it), it is legal? That sounds like a fallacious argument.

    I agree, I appreciate that I am able to see it via his website. I'm just confused as to why the line is drawn.
  • Re:Eclipsed .... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by snookerdoodle ( 123851 ) on Tuesday January 04, 2011 @05:46PM (#34758642)

    The photog only authorized PRIVATE use of the picture. Why don't you respect that and take it off your site?

    Gee, thanks for getting him to take down a mirror of a slashdotted image. I actually wanted to see the thing.


  • by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Tuesday January 04, 2011 @09:24PM (#34761026) Homepage

    Technically speaking, the mirror could have been left by an unmanned probe. Of course, all the rest of the evidence points so overwhelmingly towards the Moon landing being fact and not fantasy. (The Mythbusters did an expert job at busting the various "proofs" that conspiracy theorists give.) I'd say that the biggest knock against the conspiracy is that it would have required thousands of scientists, politicians, engineers and various government officials to keep the secret for over 40 years now. Plus the others that would have been involved in the subsequent Moon landings. (We did go more than once.) When have you known that many people to keep a secret that big for that long a time?

  • Re:Eclipsed .... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jesus_666 ( 702802 ) on Tuesday January 04, 2011 @10:00PM (#34761314)
    You could make the point that copyrights as practiced today are unethical. Effectively-endless copyrights mean that society never gets to freely use any literary or artistic work even though many of these copyrighted works freely use earlier, unprotected works. They also stack the market in favor of big corporations who can afford to license anything they want to use (and swallow any lawsuits from rights owners who don't want to give them a license). Even if copyrights are never extended again, durations close to a century are effectively eternal in some sectors like IT.

    Copyrights aren't bad per se but the current implementation is most likely suboptimal for society and can be argued to be unethical on those grounds.
  • Re:Not from video (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wvmarle ( 1070040 ) on Wednesday January 05, 2011 @12:44AM (#34762358)

    There isn't any difference between "video" and "lots of stills taken in short succession".

    It's known exactly when the ISS is passing the Sun, so for making such a shot I'd start a short time before that moment and end shortly after, taking a shot every 0.2 seconds (or however fast your camera can manage - this are pretty high resolution images), and you have a couple dozen shots at least one of which should include the moment.

Disks travel in packs.