Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Moonrise

As my last post mentioned, I'm back in Barrow again. At -9°F, the temperatures are a little colder than Fairbanks but possibly warmer than some other locations along the eastern side of the continent. There is wind which makes it feel a lot colder than back home. I really liked the quarter moon rising over the radar site about a mile to the east of the science facility. In addition to the radar, there is a variety of other instrumentation to measure things like airborne particulates and pollutants. This is a fairly accurate representation of the color of the sky and you can see the glow from the southern sky on the right of the frame.

The next actual sunrise will be at 1:48pm AKST on January 22, 2014 so not for a couple more weeks. This photo was taken about an hour before "solar noon" so it isn't quite as bright as it'll get today. But it does point out the even though the sun never makes it above the horizon, it's far from dark. This is looking due south from the and the sky was this beautiful shade of blue and pitch black when you looked to the north.

I'm up here to address a couple of network problems. Some things were moved or disconnected over the last couple of months and I'm starting to be concerned about the life of the metro wireless network.

14 comments:

Martha said...

One of the most thrilling sights for my eyes is the moon in twilight- day or night. That first scene is worth the price of admission. Thank you for taking that photo and sharing it.

RichardM said...

One thing about Barrow is plenty of twilight and you don't need to be an early riser at this time of year. Both photos were taken around noon.

redlegsrides said...

Cool moon picture Richard, nice positioning.

RichardM said...

Thank you, what better in the foreground than a radar dome?

Unknown said...

Richard:

are you sure you won't get into trouble posting that radar installation ? At least it's not pitch black dark all day

-9°F doesn't seem so bad as compared to Indiana or Chicago, or even Toronto

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

RichardM said...

-9°F is a pretty nice temperature, cold enough so that is isn't slippery but not too cold.

As far as pictures go, it isn't the first time that it's been pictured on this blog and the famous Barrow Whalers high school football field is adjacent to the facility.

VStar Lady said...

Richard, if I wasn't reminded about how cold and twilight'ed' it is day in and day out ... I'd say the photo was spectacular. Okay, cold aside, that moon-rise/set over the dome is still spectacular.

David Masse said...

Richard, I see your widget (Bob, no funny lewd remarks please), and I see that you have seen mine.

I think that we will both benefit tremendously.

Please be careful, I assume that being too thin in Alaska could be hazardous to your health. You folks need to be better insulated than those of us on the southern Canadian riviera.

RichardM said...

It isn't any colder than any other part of the country (for a while). But here, it won't warm up 'til June. I really like the moon rise but I needed a tripod...

RichardM said...

I've been needing to lose weight for a while and try to keep it off. For me, that's the real challenge.

There is no need for any additional insulation in Alaska. Plus, it's easy to put on a sweater...

Trobairitz said...

It may not be sunshine but the lighting is really neat at this time of year up there. Not bright daylight, but enough to see to get around. Very pretty.

RichardM said...

Even though there is no "sunrise", it starts to get light abot 2-3 hours earlier. So up here in Barrow, by 10:00am there is enough light on the southern horizon to say that it is no longer "night".

At high latitudes, the angle of the sun through the sky year around is fairly shallow so dawn and dusk last a long time. This is in contrast to near the equator where the track of the sun is almost vertical. A very short time from daylight to dark.

VStar Lady said...

Richard we are supposed to be in for an Aurora display tonight - light up the north!

RichardM said...

I remember hearing of some major solar flares headed toward earth. I didn't know when they were expected to arrive. To be visible that far south they must have a lot of energetic particles.

Enjoy!