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Offline Jason Willemse

Strange photographs of a planet?
« on: January 14, 2019, 06:30:52 PM »
A different topic... my family and I have just returned from a wonderful trip in the Timbavati... our home away from home.

Snapping some pics one night, I picked up a strange object in the sky appearing to be a distant planet.

Anyone have any experience on the subject?




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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 06:50:14 PM »
So the shiny object is the moon I presume (considering there appears to be very little zoom judging by the leaves in the foreground except if the trees are 100kms away  :giggle: and the shiny object is in fact Proxima Centauri).

Our closest planet is Venus (if I remember my geography) and nothing but a bright star in the sky.
That blue object can definitely not be a planet if the photo was not taken by the SKA.

Offline Jason Willemse

Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 06:54:55 PM »
So the shiny object is the moon I presume (considering there appears to be very little zoom judging by the leaves in the foreground except if the trees are 100kms away  :giggle: and the shiny object is in fact Proxima Centauri).

Our closest planet is Venus (if I remember my geography) and nothing but a bright star in the sky.
That blue object can definitely not be a planet if the photo was not taken by the SKA.
Thanks... but then what is it? Really strange!

Yes... the shiny object is the moon


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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 07:06:41 PM »
I would love to know.
This is an image of the moon and Venus.
The object in your photo is much closer/larger.


Offline Curlycat

Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 07:10:58 PM »
^^^ +1
Suppose we can call it Planet X (aka Nibiru  >:D) for now.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2019, 08:48:46 PM by Curlycat »

Offline JoziNic

Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 07:41:35 PM »
Forgive my ignorance...could it not have been a shot off the ISS? It does rotate the earth around 9 times a day. And is visible at times


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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 07:46:18 PM »
Forgive my ignorance...could it not have been a shot off the ISS? It does rotate the earth around 9 times a day. And is visible at times


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I see itís blue and round so actually puts ISS out...so thatís my guess out...


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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 07:47:48 PM »
Forgive my ignorance...could it not have been a shot off the ISS? It does rotate the earth around 9 times a day. And is visible at times


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Here is a pic of the ISS passing in front of the moon (heavily zoomed in picture).
It is tiny when compared to the moon. Jason's photo shows and object that appears to be halve the size of the moon (obviously perspective wise speaking)


Offline Steerpike

Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 08:25:08 PM »
Most likely an artifact of the camera optical system and some internal reflections between the elements in the lens.

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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 08:27:22 PM »
^^ my guess.

Offline HB

Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2019, 08:32:10 PM »
^^^ probably. If not, Wow.... interesting. I'd  say first off, its round.
It surely is behind the moon. Based on the light reflecting off the sun only and not the moon.

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Offline BJ

Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2019, 09:14:52 PM »
I recon it is a Microlite Skydiver
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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2019, 09:17:39 PM »
Are we talking about the blue curve in the pic

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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2019, 09:20:42 PM »
Assuming you did not see it with the naked eye?
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Re: Strange photographs of a planet?
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2019, 09:38:43 PM »
Indeed, the more I look at it the more it looks like some sort of chromatic aberration that I recall from the few photographic classes that I took.



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