Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences

Rekindled flame

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMarch 27, 2012 11:33 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Brad Goldpaint is a professional photographer who takes devastating photos of the sky -- like the amazing one of the Milky Way over the Venus/Jupiter conjunction -- and he specializes in putting amazing foreground objects in his shots. I saw this particular picture on his Google+ page, and asked him if I could post it here. He said yes:

goldpaint_rekindledflame.jpg

This photo, "Rekindled Flame", was shot on May 3, 2011 at Balanced Rock in Arches National Park. I asked Brad about the glow on the horizon, and he suspects it was a town's light, but the nearest town in that direction was nearly 200 km away! One thing I'll note: the rock on the left -- that kind of formation is called a "hoodoo", and I love that word -- wasn't being lit by the town's light; Brad actually used a flashlight to very lightly illuminate it. I like this; if it had been just a shadow it wouldn't have looked nearly s impressive as it does in this picture; the slightly lit nature gives it depth and, somehow, a sense of patience I rather like. Anthropomorphization? Sure, why not. Scientists have imagination, too, y'know.

Image credit: Brad Goldpaint, used with permission.


Related Posts: - Galactic arch over the conjunction - The skies reflect our spinning world (a gorgeous time lapse video by Brad Goldpaint) - Well, at least light pollution makes for a pretty time lapse

    2 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In